How Could Cities Better Connect All Their Residents to Economic Opportunity?

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How Could Cities Better Connect All Their Residents to Economic Opportunity?

Meeting of the Minds and Living Cities invite civic-minded leaders across sectors to participate in a group blogging event focused on the question: How could cities better connect all their residents to economic opportunity?

Bloggers are asked to write their response to the prompt question and publish it on their website. A list of participating bloggers, and links to their responses, are below.


Ben Hecht

President and CEO
Living Cities

Neil Kleiman & Stephen Goldsmith

New York University & Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

Claire Nelson

Publisher, Model D
UIX Detroit

Ken Thompson

Senior Program Officer in the Pacific Northwest Initiative
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ben Starrett

Executive Director
Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities

Jonathan Reckford

Habitat for Humanity International

Margery Turner

Senior Vice President for Program Planning and Management
Urban Institute

Amy Chung and Juan Sebastian Arias

Living Cities

Sean Daniel Murphy

President and Managing Director
Fund Good Jobs

Charles Rutheiser

Senior Associate in Center for Community and Economic Opportunity
Annie E. Casey Foundation

MarySue Barrett

Metropolitan Planning Council

Justin Bibb

Director of Strategy & Sales
Conduit Global

Brooks Rainwater

Director of the City Solutions and Applied Research Center
National League of Cities

Russ Vanos

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development

Todd Vogel

Managing Director
Loom, a foundation

Matthew Roling

Director of Business Development
Rock Ventures

Michael Mehaffy

Executive Director
Sustasis Foundation

Jessie Feller

Executive Director
Meeting of the Minds

Kirk T. Steudle

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

Gordon Feller


Meghna Tare

Director of Sustainability
University of Texas at Arlington

Julie Fossitt

Marketing Manager, Cultural Services
City of Kingston, Ontario

Edmundo Werna & Andres Mella

International Labor Office

Charles A. Hayes

President & CEO
Research Triangle Regional Partnership

Alan Mountjoy

Planner / Architect

Anne Schwieger

Digital Equity Project

Shaina Kandel

Staff Writer

David Auerbach


Mark Skinner

Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN)

Dan Gilmartin

Executive Director & CEO
Michigan Municipal League

Lisa Donovan

Communications Coordinator
Michigan Municipal League

Kristen Jeffers

Founder and Editor-in-Chief
The Black Urbanist

Leslie Lynn Smith

President and CEO
TechTown Detroit

Margie Caust

Urban Collaboration, Ltd

Zach Leverenz

Chief Executive Officer

Jason Perkins-Cohen

Executive Director
Job Opportunities Task Force

Significance Labs

Matt Carmichael


Hollie Russon-Gilman, Laurenellen McCann & Georgia Bullen

Open Technology Institute

Jesse Berst

Founding Chairman
Smart Cities Council

Aaron M. Renn

Founder, Analyst

Doug Newcomb

Car Technology Writer, Expert, Consultant

Katherine Takai

Project Manager
International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

Chris Dorle

Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellow
Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office

Bradford Frost

Detroit Corridor Initiative

Rich Michos

Vice President, Smarter Cities

Jorge Luis Lopez

Government Affairs Attorney

Margot Kane

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Calvert Foundation

Institute for Transportation & Development Policy

Marsha Druker

Marketing Communication Specialist

Greg Delaune

CEO and Co-founder
UIX Global

Kim Zeuli

Senior Vice President
Initiative for a Competitive Inner City

Josh Harman

Program Manager
CleanTECH San Diego

Cathy Lewis Long

Executive Director
The Sprout Fund

Anne Laure Desjardins

Paris Region International Mission Enterprise (PRIME)

Fares Ksebati

Challenge Detroit

Susanne Seitinger

City Innovations Manager
Philips Color Kinetics

Heidi Goldberg

Program Director for Early Childhood & Family Economic Success
National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families

Kim Davis

Future Cities

Pete Saunders

Urban Planning Consultant

Ian Delaney


Sarah Craft

Information & Policy Research Program Coordinator
Michigan Municipal League

Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy

Managing Director & Partner
Context Partners

Ilana Preuss

Chief of Staff
Smart Growth America


How Could Cities Better Connect All Their Residents to Economic Opportunity?
May 12, 2014 8:00 am
May 12, 2014 5:00 pm
Meeting of the Minds & Living Cities
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