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Investing in What Works for America's Communities


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  • What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities
  • What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation

Census Bureau Releases 2011 Poverty Data

New figures released by the Census Bureau reveal that 46.2 million Americans (15 percent), including 16.1 million children, are living in poverty. In addition, income inequality, measured by the Gini coefficient index, increased to its highest level in 45 years. The Census Bureau data…

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Community Development and Public Health: A Q&A with David Erickson

This piece was originally published on Reprinted with permission from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. How can the billions of dollars that are spent each year on community development make the places where we live, learn, work and play healthier? That question…

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Big Data and a Brave New World

In a piece for the Huffington Post, book author Ben Hecht writes about an innovative approach to use big data for a big city. Chicago’s chief technology officer and chief data officer are working together to use big data to analyze and provide solutions to the issues facing the city. …

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Peter Edelman New York Times Op-Ed on Poverty

In a recent op-ed for the New York Times, Peter Edelman of Georgetown University Law Center discusses why, after decades of policies and programs, the poverty rate in the US remains stubbornly high. He offers four key contributing factors: Changes in the types of jobs available for lo…

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Funding for this project was generously provided to the Low Income Investment Fund by the Citi Foundation.