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Advancing Cities

Advancing Cities

AdvancingCities is a
$500 million, five-year initiative to invest in solutions that bolster the long-term vitality of the world’s cities and the communities within them that have not benefited from economic growth.


AdvancingCities is a $500 million, five-year initiative to invest in solutions that bolster the long-term vitality of the world’s cities and the communities within them that have not benefited from economic growth.

JPMorgan Chase believes ensuring an expanding economy that creates greater opportunity for more people requires deliberate action and meaningful collaboration among the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Through our proven model for driving inclusive growth, we are taking a strategic, data-driven approach to doing just that.

Signature Cities

AdvancingCities Challenge

The Challenge is a competition to source and seed creative, collaborative and sustainable solutions that address crosscutting challenges to help more people benefit from a growing economy. Through the Challenge, we will make commitments in up to 30 communities across the United States.

2019 Challenge Winners

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  • West Side United
    Chicago, Illinois

    West Side United will leverage the hiring, procurement and investment power of major health systems on the West side to improve health outcomes by creating greater economic opportunity and strengthening the vitality of surrounding neighborhoods.

    Partner Organizations:
    • Rush University Medical Center
    • Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance
    • Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
    • Skills for Chicagoland’s Future
    • Accion Chicago
    • Sinai Urban Health Institute

  • Digital Inclusion and Economic Resilience
    Louisville, Kentucky

    Digital Inclusion and Economic Resilience will help equip residents with skills necessary to compete for jobs while also connecting them to financial and social services through high-touch community outreach strategies and a formalized referral network.

    Partner Organizations:
    • Metro United Way of Louisville
    • Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
    • The Greater Louisville Workforce Development Board    (KentuckianaWorks)
    • Russell: A Place of Promise (RPOP)
    • Cradle to Career/Evolve502
    • AMPED
    • Catholic Charities
    • Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky at the University    of Louisville
    • OneWest

  • Resilient 305
    Miami, Florida

    Resilient 305 will help strengthen the region’s economic resilience by dismantling silos across service providers to increase access to quality jobs, and working with anchor institutions to connect small businesses to procurement opportunities.

    Partner Organizations:
    • The Miami Foundation
    • City of Miami
    • Health Foundation of South Florida
    • Florida International University
    • Other government, university and nonprofit partners

  • Advancing San Diego
    San Diego, California

    Advancing San Diego will use a demand-driven, employer-led strategy to both connect underrepresented residents to high-demand jobs and provide small businesses access to diverse talent pipelines.

    Partner Organizations:
    • San Diego Regional Economic Development    Foundation
    • San Diego Workforce Partnership
    • San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College    Association
    • United Way of San Diego
    • City of San Diego

  • Syracuse Surge: Blueprint for Inclusive Growth
    Syracuse, New York

    Syracuse Surge: Blueprint for Inclusive Growth will develop long-term strategies to surface talent from vulnerable populations and connect them to jobs in high-tech industries, while also attracting, expanding, and incubating tech businesses led by diverse founders.

    Partner Organizations:
    • The CenterState CEO
    • City of Syracuse
    • Onondoga County
    • Le Moyne College
    • Syracuse University
    • Allyn Family Foundation

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2019 competition closed November 30, 2018.

For the 2020 competition, Request for Proposals will open in fall 2019.

Examples of the types of issues AdvancingCities Challenge could address include

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Barriers to economic opportunity, particularly focused on race and gender

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Financial insecurity of residents that costs cities millions annually

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Growing trend of reurbanization, which generates prosperity for some but threatens to displace long-time residents and businesses

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The skills gap, which makes it difficult for job seekers to find meaningful opportunities and for employers to find workers with the skills they need to be competitive

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Stories of Opportunity

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The Inaugural AdvancingCities Challenge Winners

Five cities are receiving $3 million each to address the most pressing problems in their communities.

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D.C. Branches Wrapped in Community Culture

JPMorgan Chase partnered with Arts on the Block to create art for Chase branches in Washington D.C. as a way of reflecting the rich culture of the surrounding community.

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Expanding Opportunity Through AdvancingCities

Irene Baker, Head of AdvancingCities, discusses data-driven investments that could genuinely move the needle

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