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We at HBS are absolutely thrilled by the exciting contributions that YALP participants, individually and together, are making in their communities.  Bravo!  Below, see updates from YALPers in cities around the country.  Please don’t be shy.  Add a post and let everyone learn about, and learn from, your latest work.  Or ask the group a question, share something that didn’t work out as expected, brag about the successes of your YALP friends, or just comment on others’ posts.

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Clean-Energy Collaboration in Seattle
Ron Stimmel
Posted on February 17, 2017 at 5:39 pm
Seattle is endowed with a talented workforce and a populace that values clean energy, but the clean-energy industry has not put down roots in Seattle as strongly as it has in some other states.  My efforts since YALP (’15) have [...]
Recent TEDx Talk by InnerCity Weightlifting
Jon F
Posted on February 14, 2017 at 10:16 am
While the title is "Stopping the Cycle of Incarceration," this talk is much more about the importance of listening to each other, gaining perspective, and challenging our own instincts for avoidance.

January 13, 2017

The Metro Agenda in the Age of President Trump

January 13, 2017

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Dear Participants in the Young American Leaders Program:

We need your best thinking.  The policies of Donald J. Trump as our 45th president will change the federal context in which American cities operate.  What new opportunities and challenges will the new Administration bring at the city level?  How should city leaders in all sectors—government, business, nonprofits, education, and labor—act on the new landscape?  We hope to tap this group’s collective wisdom on these questions.

To get the conversation rolling, Karen Mills and Jan Rivkin have posted their thoughts below, including an intro post and deep dives in areas of likely federal action (infrastructure, immigration, international trade and investment, economic growth and shared prosperity, healthcare, and corporate tax reform).  Fair warning: just like you, Karen and Jan come to these topics with strong points of view.  They aren’t objective, and they certainly aren’t all-knowing, but they do bring to bear their insights, experiences, and opinions.  We hope their comments spark a wide range of thoughts, questions, and possibilities with you.  Please chime in with posts and comments that give everyone the gift of alternative perspectives.  Don’t be shy about telling the group how and why your views differ from Karen’s and Jan’s.  Let’s do it with the candor, thoughtfulness, and respect that we all enjoyed on campus.

Let the conversation begin!

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Corporate Tax Reform
Jan Rivkin
Posted on at 8:04 am
City leaders must play their cards right to benefit locally from the likely changes to our nation’s flawed tax code.