America21 Co-hosts Closing the Wealth Gap, Sept. 19

America21 will co-host a forum on Closing the Wealth Gap on Sept. 19, 2012 in Washington D.C. at B’s Restaurant in Union Station from 4 pm to 8 pm.     See the slides below for more information. Limited seating. Get your tickets here while they last. Share this:  Read More

ICIC Asks the Expert: America21 Co-Founder Johnathan Holifield, VP of Inclusive Competitiveness at Nortech

In this Ask the Expert Q&A, Johnathan Holifield, Esq., co-founder of The America 21 Project and Vice President of Inclusive Competitiveness for NorTech, explains why it is imperative to include minorities in the Innovation Economy.   This approach to inclusion is similar to ICIC’s (Initiative for a Competitive Inner City) regional equity work — which advocates for regional approaches that deliberately include strategies for inner... Read More

America21’s Mike Green featured in Oregon Business Mag

In the past decade, much of the new wealth creation and job growth in the United States has occurred in the startup technology sectors. “But those types of innovations and market disruptions are not happening across black America,” says Green, who is also a part-time blogger. The reasons “are systemic, historical and institutional, and someone has to address it.” Programs that try to alleviate the economic inequities plaguing African-American... Read More

America21 brings ‘Inclusive Competitiveness’ to Detroit

Johnathan Holifield, Chief Strategist, Evangelist and Co-founder of The America21 Project spoke to a gathering of leaders at Global Detroit on May 10, underscoring the importance of “Inclusive Competitiveness” as a core policy through which regional competitiveness will be achieved in the 21st century global innovation economy.   Holifield is a highly sought-after Cleveland-based attorney, consultant, speaker and former NFL player... Read More

Rutgers’ dt ogilvie set to lead RIT School of Business

Rutgers Business School Professor dt ogilvie (lowercase intended) will soon head the Rochester Institute of Techology’s (RIT) business school. Dr. ogilvie will assume her responsibilities as dean of the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at RIT in August. As a professor at the Rutgers Business School of Newark and New Brunswick, ogilvie served as the founding director of the school’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development... Read More

What Black American Innovators need to produce jobs

What Black American Innovators Need to Produce Jobs By Mike Green April 29, 2012 Originally written for Dominion of New York. See full article here.   Black Americans are no strangers to entrepreneurship. But sheer numbers of entrepreneurs do not translate into fast-growing companies that create jobs. Case and point: The Census Bureau Statistics data show a 60 percent spike in Black entrepreneurship between 2002 and 2007, equivalent to 1.9 million... Read More

America21 makes big impact at White House

Johnathan Holifield, Esq., co-founder of The America21 Project, led a panel discussion at the White House HBCU Summit on Entrepreneurship on April 16, 2012.   Baltimore News caught up with Johnathan following his eye-opening presentation and moderation of the HBCU panel on entrepreneurship and “inclusive competitiveness” at the White House. Here’s Johnathan explaining why Black America has a lot of work to do in a 21st century... Read More

A21 speaks at White House on Inclusive Competitiveness

  CLEVELAND, OH: On March 9, the White House will host a gathering of business leaders for a day of exchanging ideas on economic development, innovation and job creation. The America21 Project will address the issue of “inclusive competitiveness.” Inclusive Competitiveness Johnathan M. Holifield, Co-founder and Chief Evangelist for The America21 Project (America21) will join senior Obama Administration officials and fellow business... Read More

Mike Green shares economic dream on MLK Day 2012

    Around a thousand people gathered today at the Oregon Convention Center for The Skanner newspaper’s 26th Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast. The guests of honor included Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Patrick Quinton, executive director of the Portland Development Commission. Keynote speaker was Mike Green … Photo by Cornelius Swart     The article written by Cornelius Swart and published in the Oregonian... Read More

The America21 Project: Investing in Urban Innovation

By Mike Green The Black Innovation and Competitiveness Initiative is changing it’s name (not vision and mission)  to become The America21 Project. We need your support. And we’re asking you to make some choices. Choose to pass on this blog post to others in your networks. Choose to support our mission with a financial contribution. Choose to support us by sponsoring our upcoming Black Angels and Entrepreneurs Forum with the Center for... Read More

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