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Peter Hirshberg

Connecting Youngstown to Silicon Valley for Growth

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How do you go about the tough, on the ground work of rebuilding jobs and opportunity in a hard-hit part of the country? Where will the new investment and fertile business partnerships come from? Those were the questions raised last week when a group of 14 entrepreneurs and investors from Silicon Valley flew to Youngstown, Ohio to understand more about the economy in the Mahoning Valley. This is an area…

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What the Foxconn display plant choice tells us about the future of manufacturing in the United States and China.

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Hint: its not about repatriating old jobs at all. As President Trump is learning, it’s as so simple as badgering Apple to repatriate manufacturing of the iPhone to the United States.  Foxconn, the iPhone’s contract manufacturer suggests that there’s a bigger prize:  making the U.S. central to the supply chain for advanced screen display technology, with a large plant here in the U.S. which could add 10-50K jobs.  The iPhone is…

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White House, meet Burning Man: A Coda to the Obama Era

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An extraordinary coda to the Obama era is the story of the White House and Burning Man. As Dale Dougherty and I were developing the Maker City project, we worked with the White House to engage over 100 U.S. cities in making the pledges necessary to turn their cities and towns in Maker Cities. As I was leaving the White House one night two years ago I thought, “100 maker…

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Chairman’s Letter – City Innovate Foundation

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By Peter Hirshberg Chairman, City Innovate Foundation Dear Citizens: The City Innovate Summit and the conversation we are having together here and now is a recognition that we have built a movement, that in the merest moment of time we have begun to change the way innovation comes to cities, how they can become more participatory and open. This movement is about 6 years old and started when the mayors…

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