Emerging Innovations from the Front Lines of Urban Development

“Emerging Innovations from the Front Lines of Urban Development”, explores how cities are developing innovative models for tackling complex urban issues and strengthening their local economies. This series is produced in partnership with Next American City.

  • The Rise of the New Baltimoreans

    This case study explores the city of Baltimore’s efforts to welcome immigrants to grow the city’s population, and in the process, it’s economy. This is the final case study of a three-part series exploring how cities are developing innovative models for tackling complex urban issues and strengthening their local economies in partnership with Next American City.

  • Embracing the Immigrant Engine

    Baltimore, along with many other cities across the country, is welcoming immigrants, and their vast economic contributions, with open arms. These local efforts for the most part are flying under the radar and happening in spite of more newsworthy (but perhaps less common) restrictive state and local immigration policies and rancorous national debate.

  • Gig City, U.S.A.: Bringing Google Fiber to Kansas City

    This case study explores Google’s initiative to bring ultra-fast internet connection speeds to Kansas City Kansas and Missouri. It is part two of a three-part series exploring how cities are developing innovative models for tackling complex urban issues and strengthening their local economies in partnership with Next American City.

  • Gigabits Around the Country

    The Google Fiber initiative taking place in Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri is an innovative approach to the way cities are collaborating with the private sector to provide robust Internet access to their residents. Not only are they offering a transformative product but it’s being done with input from all stakeholders, ranging from the local government to the residents. As Google Fiber still yet to be deployed in Kansas City, KS and MO and stories and lessons learned are yet to be gleaned from this initiative, there are several other gigabit initiatives that already exist around the country.

  • Gigabits Around the Country – Part 2

    This is the second in a two-part blog exploring gigabit connections around the country. This week’s blog looks at other efforts around the country and the hallmarks of a successful municipal fiber network.

  • Bringing Chinese Investment to American Cities

    This case study chronicles Toledo’s efforts to bring Chinese foreign direct investment into its region. It is part one of a three-part series in partnership with Next American City exploring how cities are developing models for tackling complex urban issues and strengthening their economies.

  • Foreign Investment for Local Growth: The Case of Toledo

    Despite national election rhetoric, many at the local level are exploring foreign investments as a way to grow local economies. One such community is Toledo, OH and its mayor, Mike Bell, who has been courting Chinese investment to revitalize real estate development, grow health care and pharmaceuticals, high-tech manufacturing and transportation/distribution industries, and in the process, create new jobs and bolster city coffers.