Americans could earn a “Green Dividend” of $31 billion a year by driving just one mile per day less than they do now. Less driving means more money in the hands of local consumers; unlike spending on automobiles and fuel — most of which leave the local community immediately—alternative spending can have a much bigger local economic impact.Read More
City Vitals is our signature research framework. We benchmark city/regional performance in the four areas most vital to CITY success: Connections, Innovation, Talent, and Your distinctiveness. We believe that given the complex, interconnected problems that cities and regions face, it is critical to first research, frame, and organize work that puts a focusing lens on the city and region, and helps to see and understand the critical levers for city and regional success. We believe that framing is critically important, because, as Wayne Dyer has noted, “if you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
We are proud to announce the release of The Green Dividend Report. The report shows how Americans could earn a “Green Dividend” of $31 billion a year by driving just one mile per day less than they do now. Less driving means more money in the hands of local consumers; unlike spending on automobiles and fuel — most of which leave the local community immediately—alternative spending can have a much bigger local economic impact.
Nationally, a combination of market forces are pushing for the realization of the Green Dividend™. A decade of high and volatile gas prices are prompting consumers to re-think a wide variety of choices, everything from transportation and housing to where to shop and look for jobs. At the same time, urban living has acquired a new cachet, particularly among younger adults, while new technology, like the increasingly ubiquitous smartphone, is also fueling low car lifestyles.
Posted by admin on December 05, 2013
The Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and the Cleveland Restoration Society are convening an interdisciplinary meeting to discuss the role of historic preservation in revitalizing America’s legacy cities, where long-term population loss and economic decline present significant challenges for the future of the urban built environment. These cities have significant cultural heritage and a large stock of historic buildings, yet vacancy and abandonment are very pressing realities and, at times, demolition may be the best course of action.
At this crucial juncture, cities face difficult questions. What is the role that preservation can and should play in shaping the future of legacy cities? How can historic assets be identified and leveraged for planning and revitalization? What benefits and impediments exist in integrating preservation into community and economic development? How should we make decisions about what to save and what to destroy? This convening will be an opportunity to collaborate, share ideas, and devise solutions, with the goals of launching a more integrated approach to planning for the future of legacy cities, bringing preservation into urban policymaking, and crafting a 21st-century preservation profession that is responsive to current needs and conditions. Read more and submit a proposal to present at this conference.
CEOs for Cities’ 2013 National Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan gathered over 320 cross-sector civic CEOs and changemakers from over 80 cities to explore the theme, “The Art of the Collaborative City.” It was the largest National Meeting in CEOs for Cities history, exceeding the record attendance of over 250 in Boston in 2012.
This year’s conference explored the intersection of the private, public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors and the intersection of art, design, talent, and place to catalyze city success. We used ArtPrize, the internationally acclaimed art competition that Time Magazine listed in its "Five Festive Events You Won't Want to Miss in 2013," as our canvas, to help our business, community, foundation, and government leaders explore the smart practices that are helping American cities grow in investments, talent, and quality of life.