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Accelerator for America, the Centre for Public Impact (CPI) and Drexel University Nowak Metro Finance Lab released their research on the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI). The comprehensive report details the organizations’ findings from a 3 month look into West Philadelphia’s unique workforce development model, which has had an overwhelmingly positive impact in the area.
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Over a year ago Opportunity Zones (OZ) were created to move billions of dollars into low-income communities, yet business investment in these areas is trickling in - while real estate investment continues to surge. In a new report released today, researchers from the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University, Ben Franklin Technology Partners and Accelerator for America, identify which OZ rules are inhibiting stakeholder interests in business investments, while identifying updates that can make OZ benefits for business investing clearer and easier to leverage.
Waterloo
The Local America Forum will take place on Friday, December 6. Doors open at 3:30pm and the event will run from 4:30 to 8:30pm. Iowa Starting Line is the official media partner for the Forum, and will stream the program online at IowaStartingLine.com. The Forum will also be broadcast live by Mediacom on station MC22 in more than 300 Iowa communities and on local channels 722 and 822. It will also reach communities in Illinois and Minnesota and will stream online nationwide. 
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BOOKER, BUTTIGIEG, CASTRO, KLOBUCHAR, STEYER TO HEADLINE ACCELERATOR FOR AMERICA ACTION/U.S. CONFERENCE OF MAYORS PRESIDENTIAL FORUM
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A new report spells out how to move from the top-down, grant-based model for community development to a more localized, entrepreneurial approach.
Dayton
Mayor Nan Whaley provides her thoughts on our Gem City Rising: Economic Resiliency and Renewal Investor Summit held in Dayton last month. The event was hosted by Accelerator for America and Mayor Whaley and brought together leaders from across the country to explore the great potential for investment throughout Dayton.
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Democrats Should Talk About Place-Based Policy James Fallows November 20, 2019 Staying versus moving is one of the eternal tensions of American life.
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Accelerator for America and the U.S. Conference of Mayors will be hosting a presidential forum in Waterloo Iowa on December 6.
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Democratic Lawmakers are mounting pressure on federal agencies to better monitor a tax incentive tucked into President Donald Trump's 2017 tax overhaul – a program that was purported to be a lifeline to economically depressed neighborhoods but has in some cases been accused of benefiting wealthy investors and accelerating gentrification.