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Avoiding Gentrification, How to Use Opportunity Zones to Benefit Communities

Local governments will play a crucial role in attracting opportunity zone funding and laying the groundwork for new investments. Continued

As Construction Industry Booms, Pittsburgh Moves to Avoid Labor Shortfall

Through education, outreach, removal of barriers to entry, and more employer engagement, Pittsburgh reached into communities that have traditionally been excluded from the skilled trades. Continued

For Those Experiencing Homelessness, ‘The Bin’ Honors Their Belongings

"It means being able to do what needs to be done — receive services, look for a job, or seek shelter — without worrying that your possessions will be lost or stolen." Continued

San Francisco Humanizes the Healthcare Experience

Taking a human-centered approach to healthcare must include an understanding of a patient's health issues, cultural beliefs, and socio-economic factors. Continued

Los Angeles Libraries Help Immigrants with Vital Services

The Los Angeles Public Library is helping immigrants integrate into the community with citizenship classes, workshops, and assistance from trained staff. Continued

Building a Workforce to Help the Homeless in Los Angeles

Recruiting a diverse workforce to provide services for those experiencing homelessness. Continued

Why I Chose a Year of Public Service

"I could not pass up the opportunity to play a critical role in facilitating change that is so important." Continued

How City Leaders Are Taking on Their Most Difficult Challenges

Mayors and civic leaders share insights on lessons learned in staying resilient, economic development, the future of policing, and poverty alleviation. Continued

Amidst a Rising Sea-Level Crisis, Staying Resilient in New Orleans

Lessons learned on staying resilient with limited resources. Continued

Connecting Vulnerable Seniors to Services They Need In Long Beach

Improving accessibility and mobility, and intergenerational equity. Continued

How Philadelphia is Battling Poverty by Building a Robust Workforce

Government, community, and business leaders collaborate to build an innovative workforce development system. Continued

Designing A Patient-Centered Approach In the L.A. County Jail System

Creating a more streamlined process that improves the quality and efficiency of medical care of those who go through the L.A. County criminal justice system. Continued

How New Orleans is Building an Open, Transparent Police Department

Responding to an expansive consent decree, the New Orleans Police Department is opening up its data, and building trust with the community along the way. Continued

Life After Jail: In L.A. County, A Systems-Wide Approach to Reduce Recidivism

Helping justice-involved individuals access the wraparound services they need most. Continued

In San Francisco, Video Series Raises Awareness About Affordable Housing

Highlighting the city's efforts to provide affordable housing resources for residents. Continued

In San Jose, Making the City a Classroom

The San Jose Public Library is rethinking how to integrate city facilities and services as learning opportunities. Continued

Four Ways to Build Strong Communities

Insights to build inclusive, forward-thinking communities that respond to residents’ needs. Continued

Transparency: That’s the Key to Equitable Government

The San Francisco Ethics Commission was established to Continued

Collaboration in Action: Here’s What it Takes

True collaboration is not just sitting in the same meeting together. Continued

A Tale of Two Maker Cities: What One Silicon Valley City Learned from a Trip to Pittsburgh

FUSE fellow Parker Thomas is bringing the maker education lessons he learned while visiting schools and libraries in Pittsburgh to Fremont. Continued

Increasing Financial Aid Access to Make College More Affordable

A bad "customer experience" should not be a barrier to getting a college degree. Continued

Mayors Unite to Take On Cities’ Challenges

Mayors take a stand on immigration, broadband access, community policing, the 2020 Census, and more. Continued

The Promise of Higher Education for Stockton Youth

A $20 million grant is the first step to help get Stockton youth to college. Continued

Why I Became a FUSE Fellow

To make a difference in the lives of others. Continued

How to Get Kids to See Their Own Potential

Integrate their vision for themselves into your advice. Continued

How to Add Value to Your Team

Getting buy-in when you're new to a team. Continued

Why One Year Is Enough

Meaningful improvements can happen in just one year. Continued

Meeting of the Minds: What They Learned

Five strategic ways to tackle the most complex challenges. Continued

Mixing It Up: Business-World Tactics In Government

Tactics like whiteboarding ideas to get creative ideas flowing. Continued

Eight Smart Ways to Tackle a Big Project

A playbook for getting unstuck. Continued

Addressing Digital Inequality in San Jose

The key driver that influences the digital divide is affordability. Continued

FUSE Fellows at CGI America: A Unique Opportunity

"Our efforts to support the immigrant communities of Los Angeles, whether from the perspective of an entrepreneur or a naturalizing citizen, are also happening in similar ways in communities across the country." Continued

Helping San Francisco Youth Succeed in STEM Fields

"I realized that all the work I was doing wasn’t just about getting a good return on investment or reaching a certain metric. It was about helping these youth achieve their dreams." Continued

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Fellow

Working hand-in-hand providing strategic support and helping to implement this program, Jeremy is at a grass roots level, seeing first-hand how a local government can begin to change the way corporations reach out and... Continued

Building Trust Through Transparency

Be tactful, democratic, and consistent. Continued

Furthering California’s Data Efforts

When government data are freely available for everyone to use and republish as they wish, they can drive social change. Continued

How to Build an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Civic innovators from three sectors share tools and tips. Continued

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Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Bay Area

Tackling affordable childcare, parental leave, and explicit bias training for all city staff. Continued

Cleaning Up the Streets of Los Angeles

How L.A. Is using data, tech, and smart strategies, block by block. Continued

Connecting Students to STEM Careers

Establishing a school-to-workforce STEM pipeline through public-private partnerships. Continued

Creating a Blueprint for More Equitable Growth

Helping the city's most vulnerable residents find jobs. Continued

Fueling a Startup Movement in the Breadbasket of the World

Ag tech, clean tech, and food tech can flourish in Fresno. Continued

Instilling a Culture of Innovation in Government

Designing an Office of Innovation to improve customer-centered services. Continued

Reimagining How to Fund Critical Infrastructure Projects

Creative ways to engage private-sector partners. Continued

The Road to a Winning Olympic City Bid

What it took to get L.A. the 2024 Games. Continued

How to Design for Catalytic Change in Government

What it takes to create a high-impact project that will drive change. Continued

The Lasting Impact of a FUSE Project

Culture change, collective learning, and catalyzing new ways of thinking are a few of the intangible yet valuable outcomes of our fellowship program. Continued

What It Takes to Lead Transformational Change

It takes the right combination of leadership styles and a diverse set of skills. Continued

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