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Promoting Economic Development




Dec 22, 2000


Michael Margolis

We've learned a lot in the past 2 years looking at how nonprofits re-tool for the digital age and must change their approaches to organizational management, program delivery, and performance; not to mention their relationships to the private sector. This is where the rubber meets the road. There's a lot of work to be done in resetting expectations across the sector for what's possible, not to mention reframing the public will and consciousness. The Digital Divide should be about economic empowerment and getting folks into the prosperity mainstream. The next challenge in demystifying technology is to develop metaphors that are culturally relevant for catalyzing the transformation of organizations and the constituents they serve. They need to talk and act more like the private sector (nexus of power) that they are trying to engage...

Due to massive changes brought on by technology innovation and the New Economy, American employers have been unable to find enough qualified talent to meet their growing technical needs. We wondered why more urban adults weren't finding their way into these high-growth, high-paying jobs? After some thought and research we recognized the dire need for a national nonprofit like CitySkills to broker resources, centralize best practices, advocate for change and catalyze the growth and impact of community-based job training efforts.

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