In this session...

Join us for a fireside chat with James Fallows as we discuss the economic reinvention taking place in towns across America. We’ll also explore how Google is partnering with local organizations and using its products and people to help Americans without technical backgrounds or college degrees find jobs and succeed in today’s workplace.

Only 1 in 3 adults in the US hold a bachelor’s degree, and less than half of 18- to 25-year-olds believe their education gives them the skills they need to enter the workforce. But numbers never tell the whole story, so we visited real Americans across the US to see how they were growing themselves, their businesses and their communities in today’s rapidly changing economic climate. We saw so much optimism - people who believe in themselves and the untapped potential of their communities and businesses and are making things happen. View Less

What You'll Learn from This Session...

  1. You don’t know until you go. Traveling the country reveals the surprising importance of libraries, schools, and talent migration in non-coastal US cities.
  2. People are optimistic and believe in the untapped potential of their communities. Although national press often portrays a polarized country and despair outside of the coasts, smaller cities show momentum and are pursuing inventive ways to ready themselve
  3. Technology can make a difference. Online tools can be available to everyone, regardless of where they live or who they are.

Presented with


Lisa Gevelber Vice President, Grow with Google Google
James Fallows Author of “Our Towns” and national correspondent for The Atlantic

Event Details

Event Type Seminar

Related Topic Area  Business   Culture 

Similar Interests  Entrepreneurship   Politics 

Track  Civic Engagement