Tuesday, July 22, 2008

to be strong again

PolicyLink, a national non-profit research organization, today released a new report: To Be Strong Again: Renewing the Promise in Smaller Industrial Cities.

Click here to read an advance copy (5.1 MB pdf).

While a full synthesis of the report will be posted on this blog soon, the authors identify 151 smaller U.S. cities with an industrial heritage as its focus.

In the report's conclusions, both the Youngstown 2010 plan and the Youngstown Business Incubator were identified as best practices for other cities to emulate.

Today's Youngstown Vindicator has an article on the story behind the report:
Visits to Youngstown by officials with PolicyLink inspired the national public policy organization to conduct the study, said Radhika Fox, its associate director who wrote the report.

“The image of Youngstown is steel mills that are closed, nothing is going on and it’s a dying economy,” she said. “But when I was there, I saw a lot of exciting work happening. We were inspired by what we saw in Youngstown.”
more to come . . .

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