published on September 25, 2017 - 1:47 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The Lumina Foundation has announced the designation of 17 communities across the country as “Talent Hubs,” including Fresno, which will receive $350,000 in grant funding.

The cities earned the designation “by meeting rigorous standards for creating environments that attract, retain, and cultivate talent, particularly among today’s students, many of whom are people of color, the first in their families to go to college, and from low-income households,” according to a news release.

The other communities designated as Talent Hubs today are: Albuquerque, N.M.; Austin, Texas; Boston; Cincinnati; Columbus, Ind.; Dayton, Ohio; Denver; Los Angeles; Louisville, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; New York; Philadelphia; Racine, Wis.; Richmond, Va.; Shasta County, Calif.; and Tulsa, Okla.

“These communities are the creative and entrepreneurial engines that power our nation,” said Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation. “For our country to meet growing demand for an educated workforce, we must bolster community-based efforts that are tightly focused on increasing the numbers of people in cities across the country with education and training beyond high school.”

The grant funding will be distributed over 42 months, and will support local efforts to educate more people, allowing community and postsecondary leaders to better meet the specific needs of residents, according to a news release.

Lumina will provide these funds in partnership with the Kresge Foundation.

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