What Midwest Industrial Communities Can Teach About Managing Economic Change

With a great convergence on both sides of the Atlantic around the urgent need to diminish geographic economic disparities and opportunity gaps — particularly those between thriving global city regions and struggling communities in industrial heartlands – there are growing efforts to learn from each other.


'Uniting Americans through Service: How California is Leading'

California's Chief Service Officer discusses the California Volunteers' initiatives -- the impact CalVols is having in the state, and how it serves as a model nationwide at Jefferson Educational Society Global Summit event at the University of Redlands.


Inside Our Towns: Josh Fryday, California's Chief Service Officer

National division might grab headlines, but the story of uniting citizens through service in California is growing.


Why Story Maps Matter

People understand the world through stories. People absorb their stories in ever-expanding ways. Here is a preview of a powerful, emerging form of digital story-telling, which we’ll be using frequently in this space.


The Past, the Future, the Present: Updates from Coast to Coast

A Fellow named, college services goes big, and scenes from a Day of Enlightened Living -- here are three updates on stories we've been following on this site over the years.


Why two years of free community college could be a modern GI Bill

Two members of the Biden family, one a president with an "American Families Plan" and the other a First Lady known as "Dr. B" to her community college students, make the case for these schools as engines of opportunity.


New Lessons of the New Deal

I was talking with the mayor of a "red state" city about how his community was weathering today's public-health and financial crises.

Economic & Business Development

What Post-pandemic Repair Could Look Like

An update, following a report last month, on plans to repair the damage now being done.


Dayton, Ohio, Is ‘a Place That Knows What It Is’

Read the story in The Atlantic  here. Main campus of Sinclair Community College, in downtown Dayton, Ohio. (Courtesy of Sinclair Community College) Let’s take another look at Dayton, Ohio. For context, here is a report on how the city has dealt with the loss of major industries over the decades, and with the mass shootings in its nightlife-and-cultural […]


The Power of a Community College

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The Choices Facing Community Colleges

Decisions critical to the future of these institutions so crucial to this economic and political moment