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The Western New York Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: Rapid Discovery Assessment and Recommendations for the Future

April 1, 2022

In an effort to learn more about the current state of Western New York's entrepreneurial ecosystem and to inform future strategy, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation engaged Victor & Company, led by Victor W. Hwang, to conduct a three-month rapid discovery process.This report was written and published by Victor & Company, led by Victor W. Hwang, with support from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

The State of Economic Equity in Detroit

May 14, 2021

The State of Economic Equity in Detroit is a resource for those in the private and public sectors, foundations, nonprofits, community organizations, and residents to inform their actions to advance economic equity. These actions can include agenda setting, advocacy, policy, subject area research,  and goal-setting. Detroit Future City has identified 22 indicators across six focus areas. These indicators provide clear, measurable, and accurate data points that not only illustrate the current state of economic equity in Detroit, but can also be used to track economic equity over time. 

Here for Each Other: 2020 Annual Report

April 1, 2021

This report was written and published by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

AAACF Washtenaw County Capital Research Report: 2020 Analysis of Local Capital Flow & Opportunities

October 14, 2020

Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation commissioned this research from Revalue and EntryPoint to assess the flow of capital across Washtenaw County. Over the past two years, AAACF has embarked on a journey of discovery around a vision to help build an equitable economic development ecosystem that includes placebased impact investors who are contributing to sustainable and inclusive prosperity for all of Washtenaw County's residents. Our vision in commissioning this report is to determine the sources of capital investment into Washtenaw County-based businesses, who is benefiting from that capital investment, how much capital might be at play in any given year, and a first attempt to quantify how much capital is needed to have a thriving and equitable economy. While the community has access to a wide array of data sets, how capital is flowing through the county is something that has not yet been studied. To do so, EntryPoint analyzed results from 593 unique institutional investors, registered investment advisors, bank trusts, Washtenaw County companies, and individual investors.

The Perils and Promise of America's Legacy Cities in the Pandemic Era

August 12, 2020

COVID-19's devastating impact is likely to be more severe and long-lasting in "legacy cities," or older industrial cities, like Detroit, especially for minority communities. But promising, new collaborative local efforts and leadership—particularly if they are shored up by key policy fixes—can make a difference in whether and how legacy cities recover from the crisis and emerge stronger on the other side.This report was published by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings with support, in part, by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

Connected and Automated Vehicles Emerging Technology Skills Gap Analysis

April 1, 2020

This report is focused on connected and automated vehicles (CAV) and will analyze the current and emerging technology workforce in southeast Michigan. It examines occupations that are critical in developing CAV by analyzing data on the workforce's employment trends, local demand, entry requirements, and regional specialties.This report was published by the Workforce Intelligence Network with support by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

Growing Stronger Together: 2019 Annual Report

April 1, 2020

View the 2019 Annual Report for the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. The report covers highlights of the foundation's 2019 programmatic grant commitments made in its two regions of Southeast Michigan and Western New York, spotlights on the Foundation's special initiatives, and the Foundation's 2019 audited financials.This report was written and published by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

Cybersecurity Emerging Technology Skills Gap Analysis

April 1, 2020

This report is focused on cybersecurity and will analyze the current and emerging technology workforce in southeast Michigan. Where appropriate, national comparisons are included as well. This report builds upon and updates the original Cybersecurity Skills Gap Analysis published by WIN in 2017 in connection with the Office of Economic Adjustment, Department of Defense.This report was published by the Workforce Intelligence Network with support by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

A Path to Good-paying Careers for all Michiganders

December 1, 2019

This report by Michigan Future, Inc., offers detailed ideas on how state policymakers can implement the placemaking recommendations in its previous state policy report: A Path to Good-paying Careers for all Michiganders: A 21st Century State Policy Agenda. As with that report, Michigan Future's goal is to offer ideas that will engage readers in a conversation about how Michigan can meet the economic challenges of the future.This report was published by Michigan Future, Inc. with support, in part, by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

Renewing America's Economic Promise Through Older Industrial Cities

April 1, 2018

An in-depth analysis of the key attributes of dozens of older industrial cities across the country, this report argues that bottom-up efforts to better leverage their advantages, and address their disadvantages, can help achieve improved economic growth, prosperity, and inclusion for all.This report was published by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings with support, in part, by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

An Exploration of Family Caregiving

September 1, 2017

To gain a better understanding of the "state of family caregiving," the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation engaged Practica Group, a partnership of anthropologists and marketers, to conduct research and gain broad cultural insight into the everyday lives of this growing community. By presenting these findings, the Foundation strives to provide fresh perspectives on the life of caregivers, the challenges they face, their successes and joys.This publication was researched by Practica Group with support from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

State of Play: Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes

June 16, 2017

The report is an independent assessment of access, quality, and participation in youth sports in six counties surrounding Rochester. This report offers an independent assessment of the state of play for kids and sports in the six counties within Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes—Livingston, Ontario, Monroe, Wayne, Seneca, and Yates counties. It is anchored in the notion that all stakeholders will benefit if all children in the region, regardless of zip code or ability, are provided access to a quality sport experience. The Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program research team produced this State of Play report, analyzing sport programs and facilities in the region through the eight strategic filters ("plays") highlighted in the Aspen Institute's seminal 2015 report, Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game. Supporting Aspen were Rochester Area Community Foundation, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, and a task force consisting of youth sport and other leaders from across the region.