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Even as the U.S. economy hits new highs, the political and economic divide between America’s coastal cities and the rest of the country remain a focal point of the national debate. Amid this rising regional inequality, the question of how to revive broad-based economic growth in the middle of the country has received substantial attention. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Brookings

When both unemployment and wages are low, it's going to be difficult for employers to find the workers they need. They need to understand that from the outset. Follow this link to read the complete article.

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Community Learning through Data-driven Discovery (CLD3) is a bold new approach for Extension professionals and Regional Rural Development Centers to use data in new and innovative ways not previously conceivable. To address increasingly complex issues of our communities. CLD3 is a collaborative approach among Extension professionals, university researchers, and local communities to use data, including local data, to inform and guide community level decision-making. Virginia Tech (VT) and Iowa State University (ISU) have an exciting partnership to implement CLD3 in their states, with the goal to rapidly expand CLD3 to other states. One example of CLD3 in action is ISU and VT’s work with Marshalltown, Iowa, where the multicultural population has increased from less than 1% in the early 1990s to over 25% today. Through the CLD3 cycle the government officials are gaining a data-driven understanding of how public transportation is meeting the needs of this demographically changing population, how current fee structures governing access to and use of parks and recreation programs might be adjusted to increase use by all, and what strategies might help in maintaining the quality of the neighborhoods through improvement projects. To learn more about CLD3, see "Helping Communities Use Data to Make Better Decisions", just released in the National Academy of Sciences Issues in Science and Technology Spring edition. Sourced from ECOP Monday Minute
A new study on race and economic mobility in the United States by economists Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren stresses the role that neighborhoods can play in closing the country’s yawning, race-based opportunity gap. In this blog, David Greenberg, LISC’s new director of Research and Evaluation, unpacks the lessons of the study, and posits how the findings can help guide the work of LISC and its partners going forward.
Raj Chetty, Stanford University and NBER
Nathaniel Hendren, Harvard University and NBER
Maggie R. Jones, U.S. Census Bureau
Sonya R. Porter, U.S. Census Bureau
A new data brief from the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods documents findings from the supermarket pilot test of the Produce Perks program. Produce Perks is Ohio's nutrition incentive program and seeks to increase access to fresh and healthy food options for families who use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/EBT) benefits. Produce Perks matches the value of SNAP benefits when they are spent on fruits and vegetables. You can learn more about the pilot study and see the results in the Ohio Produce Perks: Supermarket Pilot Findings data brief.
The 2018 Urban Food Systems Symposium will be held August 8-11, 2018 at The Graduate Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their goal is to bring together a national and international audience of academic and research-oriented professionals to share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and the role they play in global food security. This symposium includes knowledge on: urban agricultural production, local food systems distribution, urban farmer education, urban ag policy, planning and development, food access and justice, and food sovereignty. For additional information and registration visit http://www.urbanfoodsystemssymposium.org/
Technology is the axis on which the 21st century economy turns, and America’s urban centers are where that technology emerges and evolves. Economic empowerment relies on access to high-tech tools and the capacity to make the most of them. The 2018 State of Black America®, “Save Our Cities: Powering the Digital Revolution,” explores the role of cutting-edge technology in every aspect of today’s social and economic landscape, and brings together innovators and leaders in business and industry, government, community and the arts to confront the nation’s challenges and chart a path to success. Follow this link to read the complete report. Sourced from National Urban League
Unemployment is a growing challenge around the world, though it is not a full-blown crisis yet. However, when the crisis comes, it is likely to erupt among urban youth. While heading off such a calamity will not be easy, the global benefits of doing so would be great. As productive and socially responsible adults, the youth of today and in years to come could make planet Earth a better place for all. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Brookings
Posted In: 4-H Youth Development, Workforce Development
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The new modern worker values happiness and career development when considering their job or career choice. Follow this link to read the complete story.

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