ReThink: Spring in Cincinnati

Save the Date: 2012 Spring National Meeting

CEOs for Cities is pleased to announce the 2012 Spring National Meeting will be held in Cincinnati May 17-18, 2012. The meeting will be hosted by the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile Jr./US Bank Foundation, Downtown Cincinnati Inc and the leaders of our Cincinnati City Cluster. A block of rooms has been reserved at The Cincinnatian Hotel at 601 Vine Street for a discounted rate of $188/night. Please call +1 513 381 3000 to reserve rooms. Please be sure to mention CEOs for Cities when you make your reservation. More details forthcoming. 

A So-Called 'War' for the Streets of Chicago 

This week, the Chicago Tribune published an op-ed whose author, John McCarron, denounced Mayor Rahm Emanuel's vision for bicycle infrastructure and bus rapid transit, calling it an "undeclared war on the automobile."  Yet McCarron missed the mark entirely with his silly references to cycling couture and winner-takes-all rhetoric. In a response on Chicago Now, cycling advocate Brent Cohrs asks, “Is this really a war on cars or an honest assessment of a city's transportation needs for the future?”

CEOs for Cities' research reveals Chicago neighborhoods within three miles of the central business district have seen a 33 percent growth among college-educated 25 to 34 year olds since 2000, compared with only a 5 percent growth in the surrounding metro area. This trend points to the appeal of walkable, urban environments to the city's most valuable economic asset – it’s talent – a demographic segment that increasingly seeks opportunities to get out of their cars or shed them altogether. In fact, the share of automobiles driven by 21 to 30 year olds is a mere 13.7 percent nationally, down 7 percent since 2000. Meanwhile, cycling in Chicago is up 159 percent over the same period of time. These aren't just qualities desired by young adults. Our research further finds home buyers today are paying premiums for houses that have a higher Walk Score, meaning closer proximity to more destinations within walking distance.

This isn’t evidence of a war. It’s evidence of demand for alternatives to the auto-centric land use policy paradigm that is no longer economically or environmentally sustainable in U.S. cities.

The Importance of Latino Student Success

The positive correlation between education and economic success is well established. CEOs for Cities has been preaching this relationship through its Talent Dividend research and programming over the last four years. Reaching all demographics is crucial for increasing our post-secondary achievement levels. Latino Student Success initiatives, hosted by the Lumina Foundation in twelve communities across the nation, will focus on investing in the fastest-growing segment of America’s population. Fran DiDonato, the National Director of Partnerships and the Talent Dividend, spoke at the kickoff to underscore the importance of reaching our higher education goals on the national level and of engaging the Latino community.

If your community is looking to achieve the Talent Dividend, then look to the Latino population in your community as a partner in success.

For more information on the Talent Dividend or the Latino Student Success initiatives, contact Fran DiDonato.  

Talent Dividend Prize Inspires Innovative Strategies 

If Pittsburgh increases its college attainment by one percentage point, its talent dividend will be $1.8 billon annually. That’s the equivalent of bringing a major corporation to the area. An article in POP City discusses the importance of the talent dividend to America’s cities, highlighting Pittsburgh, and features some strategies for increasing educational attainment around the country. From Oklahoma City’s emphasis on completing FAFSA applications to Cincinnati’s Strive program, cities are innovating to win the Talent Dividend Prize. In Pittsburgh, city leaders are emphasizing the Pittsburgh Promise, a scholarship for the city’s qualified students.  All of these tactics are important to achieving the Talent Dividend, and “prize or no prize, it’s hard to lose in this contest.” Increasing educational attainment is vital for city success.

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