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Urban Opportunity Agenda

April 27, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

How sustainable water management can help reduce poverty

This one-hour call is open to everyone: city leaders, community representatives, nonprofit staff & board, funders, etc.

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United States: +1 (224) 501-3412  Access Code: 630-757-093


How do sustainability commitments help reduce poverty?  In communities across the country, high poverty rates, stagnant wages, and the rising cost of living are dragging down local economies.

THE URBAN OPPORTUNITY AGENDA is a framework for economic development that turns the traditional job creation model on its head, generating economic growth from the ground up by reducing costs for families and businesses.

The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) has analyzed 13 U.S. communities and found that the number of people living in poverty could be reduced by 25 percent or more through a set of expense reductions, targeted job creation, and smarter public and private investments.

In this webinar CNT will present the Urban Opportunity Agenda framework using research findings for Detroit as an example and touch on some new research on emerging opportunities for smarter use of water. The brief presentation will be followed by an open discussion about the potential for cost of living reductions and sustainable investments to create financial opportunities for households in the Great Lakes region.



Scott Bernstein, Founder and Chief Strategy + Innovation Officer, Center for Neighborhood Technology

Jen McGraw, Director, Sustainability Innovation, Center for Neighborhood Technology

Jumana Vasi, Program Officer, CS Mott Foundation (moderator)

Jumana Vasi
Program Officer, Environment Program
C.S. Mott Foundation
503 S. Saginaw Street
Flint, MI 48503
(810) 766-1714


April 27, 2017
1:00 pm