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

2014 Group Blogging Event

On May 12, 2014, Meeting of the Minds and Living Cities invited 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 were asked to write their response to the prompt and publish it on their website at exactly 9am, local time, on May 12, 2014. 64 bloggers participated. Their responses are listed 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

CEO, 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

President, 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, Itron

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

Director, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

Gordon Feller

Director, Cisco

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, NBBJ

Anne Schwieger

Founder, Digital Equity Project

Shaina Kandel

Staff Writer, CityMinded.org

David Auerbach

Co-founder, Sanergy

Mark Skinner

Director, 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

Consultant, Urban Collaboration, Ltd

Zach Leverenz

Chief Executive Officer, EveryoneOn

Jason Perkins-Cohen

Executive Director, Job Opportunities Task Force

Significance Labs

Matt Carmichael

Editor, Livability.com

Hollie Russon-Gilman, Laurenellen McCann & Georgia Bullen

Open Technology Institute

Jesse Berst

Founding Chairman, Smart Cities Council

Aaron M. Renn

Founder, Analyst, Urbanophile.com

Doug Newcomb

Car Technology Writer, Expert, Consultant, DougNewcomb.com

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

Director, Detroit Corridor Initiative

Rich Michos

Vice President, Smarter Cities, IBM

Jorge Luis Lopez

Government Affairs Attorney, Miami

Margot Kane

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Calvert Foundation

Institute for Transportation & Development Policy


Marsha Druker

Marketing Communication Specialist, Mircom

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

Fellow, 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

Editor-in-Chief, Future Cities

Pete Saunders

Urban Planning Consultant, Chicago-based

Ian Delaney

Journalist, Here.com

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


May 12, 2014
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


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