Experts say that the United States will be majority non-white by 2043, and that few places have experienced the country’s deepening diversity more than its cities and major urban centers. These developments have huge implications for the U.S. economy, and are creating challenges and opportunities for the nation’s public, private and non-profit leaders as they work to connect all neighborhoods to opportunity.
Perhaps no city better embodies these trends than Chicago – one of the most diverse cities in the country. As a result, city leaders have recently launched a number of urban network, big data, 21st century skills training and neighborhood revitalization initiatives to plug the “Next America” back into the city’s economy.
National Journal hosted a policy forum in Chicago, Illinois that convened the city’s key opinion leaders for a robust discussion about connecting all neighborhoods to opportunity. How can Chicago harness the power of big data and technology to tackle the challenges facing the city? What role do smart networks play in better connecting the “Next America” in Chicago to the services they need? How can city leaders expand economic opportunity for all Chicagoans, and what is needed to equip all of the city’s residents with the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century economy? How can Chicago most effectively promote development in disadvantaged neighborhoods?