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At a time when many Americans are struggling to access economic opportunity and many of the country’s infrastructure assets are at the end of their useful life, infrastructure jobs offer considerable promise. Follow this link to read the complete report. Sourced from Brookings
Taxi operators who opt to trade in their gas-powered vehicles for cleaner electric models could receive cash rebates under a new Smart Columbus program. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Government Technology
Amid widening gaps in politics and demographics, Americans in urban, suburban, and rural areas share many aspects of community life. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Pew Research Center
He started the financial literacy program simply because he wanted to learn how to manage his money better. What Maketia Haralson gained from the Ohio State University Extension New Beginnings/New Fatherhood program instead was a deeper understanding of how to better manage his life. Follow this link to read the complete story. Sourced from CFAES News
Officials hope that by 2020, there will be 1,800 vehicles owned by the city of Columbus equipped with technology that will connect them to one another and to road and traffic-light sensors. Follow this link to read the complete story. Sourced from Government Technology
Land banks have existed in the United States since the 1980s, but interest has spiked since the economic downturn of 2008-09. Follow this link to read the complete story. Sourced from Place - an initiative by the Thomson Reuters Foundation
Ecovillagers Alliance is a nonprofit initiative of educators, organizers, systems engineers, and storytellers. They came together from a crazy quilt of past attempts to establish community control of land and buildings by different models—co-ops, land trusts, co-housing, communes—none of which quite addressed the inhumane realities of modern urban real estate. Follow this link to read the complete story. Sourced from Shelterforce
As American as apple pie, “freedom” and “opportunity” are the ideals our country is supposed to represent — and that every city leader strives toward. But for too many young people today, opportunity is a promise unfulfilled, and their freedom to choose what to do, who to be, and how to live is only nominal. Follow this link to read the complete story. Sourced from CitiesSpeak
One of the motivations of the local food movement is to develop buoyant regional economies that provide jobs for the local people and enable local farmers to stay in business. So, is buying local food good for the economy? Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Sustainable Food Cities
The Ohio State University is collaborating with Schmidt Futures to launch the Alliance for the American Dream — an initiative to identify ideas that will foster true social mobility, true equality of opportunity, and a true middle class that is attainable and sustainable. Idea submission to the Alliance for the American Dream is now open. They need your innovative, creative, and forward-thinking ideas to help support and sustain the middle class in Ohio—and across the country. Follow this link for more information and to submit you idea.

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