Monday March 1, 2010 2:00 pm - Tuesday March 2, 2010 2:00 pm

Detroit, MI

Our City Dividends research indicates a one percentage point reduction in poverty rates in the nation’s 51 largest metropolitan areas saves $13 billion annually in public expenditures. Forty national experts, practitioners and organizational leaders in the field gathered in Detroit on March 2, 2010 for the CEOs for Cities Opportunity Dividend Summit to come up with a short list of recommendations on how to capture these savings through local action.

The format of the one-day summit, which allowed presenters less than seven minutes each to provide their best recommendations, was designed to bring new energy to the conversation on how to tackle poverty in America in a way that grabs the attention of urban leaders. The ensuing dialogue among experts and participants generated a number of inventive and actionable solutions, a summary of which can be downloaded from the resources box on the left side of this page.

Lou Glazer, president and co-founder of Michigan Future, spoke of choice and accountability in adult education. Immediately following the Summit he wrote about his recommendations here. Other presentations can be viewed below.

View videos of presentations by Todd Swanstrom, Deborah Shufrin, John Bouman, Joe Cortright, Julie Roberts, Norman Krumholz, Lou Glazer, Sandra Danziger and Ann Kalass, Scott Allard, James Lewis, Lisa Tobe and John Talmadge.

The Opportunity Dividend Summit was hosted locally by the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and made possible by the generous support of The Annie E. Casey Foundation and GMAC Financial Services/Ally Bank.