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Working Cities Challenge winners get to work
By Jessica David / May 23, 2017 /   Loading Disqus...

Congratulations to the communities of Cranston, Newport, and Providence, winners of the Working Cities Challenge Rhode Island competition!


The Challenge is an innovative economic development program of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Each of the winning cities will receive $400,000 over the next three years. The program is based on the Fed’s research about what struggling communities need to become resilient. It aims to improve the lives of low-income households and people of color by building community capacity and civic infrastructure, critical to solving long-term challenges. And it includes valuable supports and resources beyond grant dollars, such as coaching, capacity-building, and research and data analysis support.

The three winning cities will focus on workforce development and job creation among low- and moderate-income residents. You can learn more about the implementation teams and their projects through the Working Cities website.

The Foundation has committed nearly $170,000 for the Working Cities Challenge Rhode Island, joining many other funders. As a member of the steering committee and selection jury, I have had the privilege of observing Working Cities up close. I’ve been impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm that every team has brought to the process. Rhode Island is fortunate to have many community leaders who are willing to tackle long-standing, complex challenges and work toward equity and opportunity.

We congratulate all of the other Rhode Island communities that competed in the Working Cities Challenge. It has been exciting to see your effort and progress, and we hope your work continues.

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