For many communities grappling with the impacts of COVID-19 and social unrest, laying the foundations for a responsive economic recovery informs long-term solutions.
By identifying and leveraging key ecosystem assets in Jeannette, PA, the community is empowered to strengthen its equitable entrepreneurial and workforce ecosystem.
Renowned for its innovation in glass manufacturing, Jeannette’s economy once centered on the success of seven major factories that arose during the early 1900s. Today the community is home to many local artists and musicians, antique galleries and loft apartments from converted downtown businesses, and two of the original factories.
Based on the success of the CO.STARTERS small business support program, the Auberle skills training implemented in New Kensington, and coordination with local consultant Kim Louis, the interventions agreed upon by the Jeannette Council will be guided by Forward Cities.
At Forward Cities we are committed to helping communities like Jeannette develop entrepreneur- and worker-centric strategies for strengthening a community’s entrepreneurial and workforce development ecosystems as part of an equitable economic recovery strategy. We recognize that during these devastating economic times, which have put innumerable businesses and workers in dire straits, long-term recovery strategy needs to be firmly anchored in short-term relief to entrepreneurs and those on the sidelines of this economy.