City Makers Summit

January 20, 2015
9:00 - 12:15 pm EST


Coffeehouse, Beer Bar, Makerspace: Social Manufacturing

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley suggests the midwest has the manufacturing history and know-how to partner with the maker movement and scale up DIY businesses.

DC Central Kitchen: Fixing Prisons Will Fix the Economy

DC Central Kitchen's CEO Mike Curtin argues cities lose millions of dollars when they send someone to prison instead of educating at-risk communities.

Mayor Kasim Reed: Cities Are Where Hope Meets the Street

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed describes why talented Millennials, Boomers, and jobs are moving into city cores. 

Obama's Free Comm. College Proposal Years in the Making

Aspen Forum for Community Solutions Chair Melody Barnes reveals early steps that were the foundations of President Obama's proposal to make community college free.  University of Maryland Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabowski echoes the value of community college in the educational system.

Tale of Two Cities: Inequality in De Blasio's New York

New York City Deputy Mayor Richard Buery makes the case for why workforce programs aimed to end inequality benefit all sectors of society.

Why Summer Jobs Matter

CLASP's Kisha Bird and Michael Gritton, Executive Director of KentuckianaWorks, say summer youth employment programs give low-income, resource-poor communities work experience and skills.

About this conference

The skills gap is a well-known phenomenon: while unemployment remains a stubborn reality, employers across sectors have trouble finding workers with the skills they need to make their businesses prosper. In many ways, the problem is a local one, requiring close public-private partnerships between educational institutions, metropolitan governments and businesses to identify absent skills and include them in worker education and training initiatives. Join The Atlantic for a town hall event where we will talk to municipal officials, educators and business leaders about pathways for urban areas to close the skills gap.

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About The Atlantic

Since 1857, The Atlantic has helped shape the national debate on the most critical and contentious issues of our times, from politics, business, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. Through in-depth analysis in the monthly print magazine, complemented by up-to-the-minute insights delivered throughout the day on, The Atlantic provides the nation’s thought leaders and professional class with forward-looking, fresh perspectives that provoke and challenge, define and affect the lives we’re living today, and give shape to the lives we will live tomorrow.

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