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Metro launches new initiative to strengthen out-of-school programs

Nashville Mayor John Cooper's office will partner with FUSE — a national nonprofit dedicated to helping local communities improve education and advance racial equity — to create a database of out-of-school local services, which will be available for families across every neighborhood. Read the Full Article

The Daily Northwestern

Reimagining Public Safety working group looks to Minnesota for inspiration on new department

Evanston’s Rethinking the Organizational Structure Working Group met Tuesday night to identify potential partners to enhance public safety in Evanston. The subgroup of the Reimagining Public Safety Committee, which is working to review the city’s relationship with the Evanston Police Department and its efforts on public safety, most notably intends to hear from Brooklyn Center, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis. Read the Full Article


Travis County will pay groups $50 for every person they get vaccinated

The county rolled out a vaccine partner program this month which asks nonprofits or faith-based groups to host vaccine clinics and promote them to the community they serve. In return, the county will pay $50 for every person that gets a COVID-19 vaccine first dose, up to $5,000. Read the Full Article

Main Street Nashville

Large chunk of COVID-19 relief would go to homeless initiatives

A total of $267 million in direct relief is coming to the Metro government from the American Rescue Plan, approved by Congress in March. Metro has until Dec. 31, 2024, to spend or allocate the funds. Metro Nashville Public Schools will receive a further $277 million, and $45 million more will go to the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority. Read the Full Article


John Legend is reforming local politics

The group is placing 50 fellows — most of whom haven’t worked in government but have some level of experience in policy or change-making — in 11 cities across the nation. The main goal: bring new voices to the table to work on equitable policies for “jobs, housing, education, health and the criminal justice system.” Read the Full Article

Washington Post

Race in America: Giving Voice with John Legend

"And we started HUMANLEVEL with an organization called FUSE Corps, which has been working in cities for a long time, putting fellows into communities, trying to solve problems for the mayor and for the city leaders. And we wanted to have a special focus, thinking about, you know, what we've all been through over the past two years with COVID, with George Floyd, and all these other issues that the nation has been dealing with, but looking at it from a local perspective." Read the Full Article

The Hill

Federal relief won’t help if communities lack the capacity to spend it

"One model for this is the national non-profit FUSE Corps that places highly qualified talent into community based organizations and city halls to provide executive capacity on key strategic initiatives like increasing homeownership in Milwaukee, or building intergenerational wealth in New Orleans." Read the Full Article

The News & Observer

Big change coming to public safety in Durham. How could it affect police, 911 calls?

Durham, NC is partnering with FUSE Corps to rethink public safety to prioritize the safety of the community. The article details these initiatives, including the work that FUSE Fellow Dwayne Campbell is embarking upon to drastically reduce the use of law enforcement in responding to emergency calls. Read the Full Article

Centre for Public Impact

Learning from city leaders: building public infrastructure for all places and future generations

FUSE Executive Fellow LaDonna Gooden is featured in the Centre for Public Impact's recent report featuring case studies of cities building public infrastructure that address racial disparities and inequities. Read the Full Article


First-Of-Its-Kind Website Centralizes Services for Over 3 Million Immigrants in LA County

LA County, home to 3 million immigrants, recently announced the launch of a new online mapping tool aimed at connecting immigrant communities to wraparound services that will help them navigate COVID-19 vaccination and economic recovery from the pandemic. FUSE Executive Fellow Michael Nobleza, with LA County’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, worked alongside the U.S. Digital Response to make this project a reality.


City of Oakland Welcomes Four FUSE Fellows to Advance Equitable Recovery and Resilience

The City of Oakland welcomes its first cohort of Equitable Recovery FUSE Fellows, a fully-funded partnership with FUSE Corps to bring in executive-level fellows for one-year projects that promote equitable recovery and resilience.

The New Localism

How Cities Should Get Ready for the Biden Stimulus

Bruce Katz of The New Localism outlines five steps to coordinate federal relief and recovery investments, citing FUSE Corps as a key opportunity for cities to recruit talent and deploy it locally to intensely focus on recovery. Read the Full Article

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