Cities 3.0: How Cities Are Driving the Revitalization of Our Nation

Op-ed by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson

With the gridlock in Washington DC, many Americans are wondering how our country will ever get back on track. While their frustration with the federal government is warranted, they need to look no further than their own cities to find the answer.

The U.S. economy is far from fixed, but recent forecasts indicate a recovery is under way. A new report released last week by the US Conference of Mayors shows that growth in cities will propel nation to levels of economic activity not seen since the early 2000s. Next year, all metros are projected to grow, with half of them growing by more than 3 percent.

Given that metro areas account for 86 percent of all jobs, 90 percent of GDP, and 94 percent of growth in this nation, these increases are having a real impact on our country.

Cities are now driving the revitalization of the nation’s economy.

See full article –  HuffPo: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-johnson/city-revitalization_b_5584078.html?utm_hp_ref=email_share

White House Joining the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Call – Weds. July 30 at 2pm ET

Great news!  White House Representatives will be joining the African American Mayors Association for the kick-off call for our My Brother’s Keeper Task (MBK) Force, led by AAMA 1st Vice President and Task Force Chair, Mayor Steve Benjamin (Columbia, SC).  This is an excellent opportunity to have your questions on MBK answered directly.
Date:  Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time:  11am PT/ 1pm CT/ 2pm ET 
Dial-in:  605-477-2100 / Passcode 931207
If you have done so already, please RSVP by this Friday, July 25, 2014, and contact Stephanie Mash (Stephanie.AAMA@gmail.com) with any questions.
For more information on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, please see:

Call for Applications – 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Hello Region III Let’s Move Cities, Towns and Counties Partners,

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 2015 Culture of Health Prize is awarded annually to honor outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their accomplishments celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country.
Total Awards – Up to 10 RWJF Culture of Health Prize winning communities will be honored in 2015 and each will receive a $25,000 cash prize.
Key Dates – September 17, 2014 (3 p.m. ET), Phase I Applications (for all applicant communities) due.
More info at: http://rwjf.ws/1lcFALi
 
Contact:
 
Joshua P. Prasad, MPH
ORISE Fellow
Advisor for Let’s Move: Cities Towns and Counties and
The Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Region III, Philadelphia, PA

Call With U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez – 7.23.14 at 4pm

Please Join U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez for a Special Conference Call with DOL Stakeholders

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Overview and Implementation

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM EDT

Toll Free: 877-917-8928  Passcode: WIOA

REGISTER @ http://webapps.dol.gov/DOLEvents/Event/View/326/  

Please join U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training Portia Wu, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Education for a conference call on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Congress just passed the bipartisan WIOA bill by a vote of 95-3 in the Senate and 415-6 in the House. President Obama will soon sign the bill into law, and the Departments of Labor and Education will commence implementation.

The purpose of this call is to provide a broad overview of the legislation, key dates for implementation, and useful information on resources and materials for partners and stakeholders.

 

PLEASE REGISTER BY Monday, July 21 to allow for enough phone lines

Register at: http://webapps.dol.gov/DOLEvents/Event/View/326/

The dial-in number is: 877-917-8928
Passcode: WIOA