"Cities Promote Opportunity" Audio Conference: New City Task Forces

In the fall of 2012, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity and the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education & Families, co-sponsored a series of three national audio conferences this fall entitled, "Cities Promote Opportunity."  The first audio conference, "New City Task Forces," took place on Thursday, September 20, 2012. Speakers on the conference call discussed how in Hartford, Conn. and Richmond, Va., task forces have recently been created and the priority recommendations in each city. Questions explored include what is the expectation around implementation? How will progress be assessed? And what are the key components of making job creation ideas work and stick over long the haul?

Listen to the first audio conference:  

Read the transcript: Transcript.pdf

Click here to access the second calls recorded audio and transcript

Guests include:

Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, Hartford, Connecticut.

Jared Kupiec, Mayor’s Chief of Staff Hartford, Connecticut

Jim Horan, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Human Services 

Dr. Jose Colon-Rivas, director of the Department of Families, Children, and Youth for the City of Hartford.  

Mayor Dwight C. Jones, Richmond, Virginia


Heidi Goldberg, Program Director for early Childhood and Family Economic Success, National League of Cities

Jodie Levin-Epstein, Deputy Director of the Center for Law and Social Policy