In addition to our community specific work, Forward Cities works in regions that are striving to expand their entrepreneurial output and innovation capacity—particularly within currently under-connected and/or under-invested communities.
The Ohio Learning Collaborative, made possible by Huntington Bank, is helping five participating cities better understand the current health of their equitable entrepreneurial economies and begin to develop prioritized strategies that leverage the historic resilience within their local communities of color to meet the evolving needs of existing and emerging and established Black and Latinx owned small businesses. They are doing so in a fashion that allows for parallel learning and understanding, helping to ensure a real time sharing of best practices and stronger connectivity with cities experiencing common challenges.
The E3 Ohio engagement brings together five of Ohio’s mid-sized cities – Akron, Canton, Dayton, Toledo, and Youngstown – to participate in a six-month process to evaluate and enrich each community’s equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem. This “community of practice” empowers local stakeholders to prioritize creating equity for every entrepreneur in their community.