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Announcing the Forward Cities 2019 Annual Conference
Join more than 200 leaders from over 30 cities gathering in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to discuss strategies for provoking and providing practical ideas to advance inclusive entrepreneurship and shared prosperity at the Forward Cities 2019 Annual Conference from Wednesday, June 12, 2019, until Friday, June 14, 2019, at The Westin Pittsburgh.

Explore the "city of bridges" rich cultural and arts districts, 400+ bridges, over 90 unique neighborhoods, microbrewery hub, home to the Andy Warhol museum and more!

Early Bird Sale Ends: Wednesday, April 24th!
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Conference Agenda
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

  • Forward Cities Registration
  • Racial Equity Training
  • Welcome Reception
  • Delegations Encouraged to dine on their own
Thursday, June 13, 2019

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Welcome
  • Opening Plenary: Showcasing Pittsburgh’s Entrepreneurs
  • Workshop Sessions
  • Lunch Buffet
  • Lunch Keynote
  • Pittsburgh Neighborhood Innovation Tours
  • Forward Cities Party
Friday, June 14, 2019

  • Opening Plenary: The Role of Anchor Institutions in Inclusive Economic Development
  • Break
  • Workshop Sessions
  • Lunch + Closeout Session
Featured Workshop Sessions

  • Community Mapping of Entrepreneurial Journeys: Collecting data from local, under-connected entrepreneurs on barriers to starting and growing a business
  • Network Analysis of Ecosystems: Forward Cities' evaluation experience and the path forward
  • Case study: Pittsburgh and the City of New Kensington
  • Identifying and Implementing Minimum Viable Solutions: Addressing barriers for launching and growing small businesses
  • Case Study: Kauffman ESHIP program overview
  • Inclusive Economic Development: Walking the Talk in Communities
  • Understanding and Preparing for Opportunity Zone Investment: Equity in Opportunity Zones
Workshops may be subject to change.
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