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BannerIn this Issue: Place Capital: Re-connecting Economy With Community • Detroit's Plan to Create a Talented Community • Carlo Ratti on Networks and Place • What We're Reading • Announcement: Summit on the New American City

Place Capital: Re-connecting Economy With Community

This article on Project for Public Spaces discusses the idea of Place Capital, and how it can be leveraged to bridge political divides and connect community with economics in meaningful and pragmatic ways.

Detroit's Plan to Create a Talented Community

The Director of our National Talent Dividend, Noël Harmon, coauthored an article on the Huffington Post this past week highlighting some of the incredible efforts underway in Detroit to attract and retain talent in the city-- and we wanted to highlight the 15x15 Initiative and a couple other great programs once more. Originated by the Hudson-Webber Foundation, 15x15 aims to attract 15,000 young, talented households to Greater Downtown Detroit by 2015. This initiative involves a wide variety of components-- involving focus on physical revitalization, economic development, arts, safety, and the Live Midtown program. Live Midtown and Live Detroit (a program of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit administered by CommunityNEXT) are both innovative residential programs representing collaborations with a wide host of partners which provide incentives for purchasing or renting homes in the greater Downtown Detroit neighborhood. The Hudston-Webber foundation has also partnered with Downtown Detroit Partnership to create D:hive as part of the 15x15 Initiative-- a unique, 3-year initiative assisting existing and new Detroiters to Live, Work and Engage in Detroit. We applaud the success of these wonderful organizations, and urge you all to check out their incredible work by clicking the logos above!

Carlo Ratti on Networks and Place

For those of you who missed our Fall National Meeting in Boston (or just loved the presentation), we've posted the talk given by Carlo Ratti, director of the MIT SENSEability Lab, on city networks and how they affect the ways in which we experience space in our communities. View it by clicking here or on the image above!

What We're Reading

We wanted to share some of the articles we're reading that highlight creativity and the economy:

Announcement: Summit on the New American City

If you think America's cities matter to the U.S. economy, then you should join the Summit on The New American City on Dec 3rd and 4th in Kansas City. Organized in partnership with Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James, the event will address how to build - and re-build - America's cities as engine of the American economy. Lee Fisher, President and CEO of CEOs for Cities, will be a featured speaker at the Summit.
The conference agenda has just been released. View it here.
You can see that the country's top business, political and community leaders are coming to Kansas City to get on with the business of American city building. The Summit will establish a national city building agenda right after the election. Join us to make it happen.
Register today at:, or email CityAge at

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