America21 to deliver message of ‘Inclusive Competitiveness’ Strategies to Global Detroit, TechTown
Global Detroit, TechTown and Detroit Innovation Economy Leaders set to hear the Law and Economic Strategy of Inclusive Competitiveness
May 8, 2012
For Immediate Release:
CLEVELAND — On May 10, Global Detroit will host an important presentation and discussion in Detroit. In partnership with TechTown, the event seeks to ignite new thought, advocacy, policy and investment to increase diversity and inclusion in Metro Detroit’s Innovation Economy.
Johnathan M. Holifield, Co-founder and Chief Evangelist for The America21 Project (America21) will join a mix of leaders from Detroit’s innovation ecosystem, economic development, government and business to explore opportunities that create and support solutions to existing economic challenges within underserved communities. Holifield will encourage Detroit leaders to adopt a regional economic strategy of Inclusive Competitiveness, which includes detailed metrics and strategies to measure and improve the level of performance of African and Latino Americans in targeted innovation clusters and ecosystems and industry sectors.
Partnership to Increase Inclusive Competitiveness in Metro Detroit
America21, the first and only national voice for accelerating the growth of African and Latino American prosperity through increased innovation capacity and economic competitiveness, has partnered with the Northeast Ohio Regional Technology Coalition (NorTech) to seed Inclusive Competitiveness in Northeast Ohio and is similarly partnering with regional innovation-based economic development organizations in three additional urban regions.
“America21 developed Inclusive Competitiveness as a regional policy, programmatic and leadership solution to help disconnected minorities connect to the 21st century Innovation Economy,” Holifield said.
“Just like every other region in the U.S., Metro Detroit should heed the Law of Inclusive CompetitivenessTM, which holds that no region can sustainably increase economic competitiveness without growing enough of the right people to create and take advantage of that increased economic competitiveness.
“If your region’s economic competitiveness goals do not focus on inclusion, you simply will not — indeed cannot — grow enough of the right people to build a resilient, economically competitive region.”
In addition to the TechTown presentation and discussion, Global Detroit will host a reception in Holifield’s honor at the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center at 311 East Grand River, Detroit, MI 48201 in Harmonie Park from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10.
For more information contact:
The America21 Project