Insight January 2014 News 
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New Reports

Keep an eye out next month for our review of 40 leading city and county procurement programs intended to expand Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises.

Also in February, expect a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported study of largely unregulated small child care providers in Louisiana will be released by the United Way of Louisiana. The project supporting this work, is co-sponsored by Louisiana’s Success by 6 statewide collaboratives and the Women’s Council.    
This week, ICCED’s Workforce Development Program released a summary report and call-to-action following up on our successful regional  National Network of Sector Partners (NNSP) 2013 Pathways to Prosperity Conference in Memphis, Tennessee. The conference was the most well attended and financially profitable gathering we have ever hosted in this program area. Click here to read the full report.

Happy New Year! 

We're off running, planning an active and eventful 2014. 

We begin the new year with a slew of activity, building on our strong finish to 2013, and boosted by new executive and board leadership.
ICCED remains a leader in the community economic development field. This edition of my CEO report provides an overview of our continuing and evolving work.

Workforce Development

Jack Mills, National Network of Sector Partners (NNSP) Workforce Programs Director, has been negotiating final terms for an important new ICCED technical assistance contract to serve a consortium of workforce training centers affiliated with eight community college districts in the Mississippi Delta Region. Jack has also been partnering in Chicago with area workforce advocates and funders on a regional employment equity project ICCED may soon be funded to develop there. A similarly-promising partnership in Seattle is being developed by NNSP Program Manager Jim Torrens and myself. 

Asset Building

Our Closing the Racial Wealth Gap (CRWG) team, Anne Price and Gabriela Sandoval, just completed an important convening with staff economists of the Federal Reserve Bank and select members of our Economists of Color Network (ECON). The gathering helped to inform next generation research priorities on issues related to asset building and race. Anne and Gabriela are now working to complete important state-based analyses and reports on diversity and asset building opportunities in the four southern states where our work in this space is most grounded.

Economic Security

Our Metrics Matter initiative has run several informative webinars this month that will culminate with a convening of thought leaders scheduled for later this week in Oakland. These webinars and convening build upon the momentum we developed during last year's New York convening.

The Elder Economic Security Initiative is building on a series of strategic leadership consultations designed to identify and advance opportunities for ICCED to support a statewide legislative and/or administrative law campaign to help preserve and expand public supports for California's disadvantaged elders. This is, in part, thanks to our important partnerships with leading advocates of the Elder Index and Family Self-Sufficiency Standard, including principals at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, United Way of San Diego County, and the Leichtag Foundation

Legal Services

Our Legal Services portfolio continues to focus on field training and technical assistance, primarily in California, and legal support for important economic development organizations like Roberts Enterprise Development Fund and Mission Economic Development Agency, Inc.
As we commence another year of exciting work at Insight, we want to underscore our enduring gratitude to partners like you. Your friendship, support and common cause are what keep us moving. We look forward to partnering with you and achieving still greater things together in the months to come! 

In Gratitude,
Henry A. J. Ramos
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