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Interview: Richard Florida on Columbus and the “New Urban Crisis”

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: Richard Florida on Columbus and the “New Urban Crisis”

Richard Florida, the well-known researcher, professor and author of the book “The Rise of the Creative Class,” has been chronicling the return-to-the-city movement since its beginnings in the 1980s. He’s been an advocate for a new type of economic development focused on creativity and innovation, and has spoken approvingly of the impact of the knowledge […]

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Columbus Organization Makes Effort to End Sex Trafficking of Minors

Randi Walle Randi Walle Columbus Organization Makes Effort to End Sex Trafficking of Minors

“It starts with drugs. The girls think these guys are their boyfriends, but once the drug supply runs, out they convince the girls to exploit themselves for money for more drugs.” Often considered an “invisible” crime, minor sex trafficking is happening all over our city. According to the Attorney General, 1,100+ minors are trafficked each […]

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Community Kitchen Inc Hires Dustin Speakman as CEO

Amber Hage-Ali Amber Hage-Ali Community Kitchen Inc Hires Dustin Speakman as CEO

Quirky Dustin Speakman — dressed in a button up plaid shirt with a wooden bow tie and a set of thick framed glasses hugging his face — smiles and reclines in his new office chair. “I grew up as a poor Appalachian kid from Southeastern Ohio,” Speakman reminisced. “My family’s homestead had no electricity and […]

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Columbus Selected To Host 2018 National Urban League Convention

Grant Walters Grant Walters Columbus Selected To Host 2018 National Urban League Convention

Major announcement revealed during Columbus Urban League's 40th annual Empowerment Day, along with honors for Mayor Michael Coleman and Franklin County Commissioners

On Monday, November 2nd, the Columbus Urban League’s 40th annual Empowerment Day convened to recognize community members and entities who have advocated for social justice and equality among the city’s families — especially for those who struggle financially.  According to the organization’s website, this year’s Empowerment Day theme, Achieving the American Dream 4All, “spotlights our […]

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Opinion: The Promise of the Two-Generation Approach to Poverty

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes Stephanie Mitchell Hughes Opinion: The Promise of the Two-Generation Approach to Poverty

As part of his War on Poverty, President Johnson established critical federal and state initiatives such as Head Start, nutrition assistance, Medicare and Medicaid that continue today. Despite some important gains over the last fifty-one years, high levels of poverty continue to exist across the United States. Changing economic, job, and family demographics, tumultuous housing […]

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Give Diapers This Holiday Season

Jenna Taylor Jenna Taylor Give Diapers This Holiday Season

This holiday season, consider giving in an influential manner — one that rises above the overpriced trinkets that mom will never use, and hotter than that disgraceful Christmas-patterned tie dad will never wear. One profound non-profit group, The Columbus Diaper Bank,  is working to provide the community with a necessity that is not so commonly […]

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Annual Summit Aims to End Poverty Through Entrepreneurial Activity

 Colleen Arnett Annual Summit Aims to End Poverty Through Entrepreneurial Activity

It’s no secret that poverty is still a critical global and domestic issue; and solving this issue seems to be getting more and more complicated. However, the idea of alleviating poverty through social entrepreneurship is becoming a more popular and viable solution. In order to discuss social entrepreneurship, and gain a better understanding of what […]

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