The National Journal, a non-partisan weekly magazine that covers policy and politics recently published a special report entitled ‘Back in Business: When Ordinary Americans Accomplish What the Government Can’t’. Riverside was included among the best-practice examples after an extensive six months of research that included interviews, exploration of secondary sources and media review, and consultation with a wide-range of experts.
The special edition celebrates “pragmatic problem-solvers in business, the civic sector, local government, and partnerships that creatively combine energy, creativity, and dynamism” in an effort to help Washington see how grassroots innovators are leading positive change. The 50 honorees included one winner and four finalists in each of 10 categories. Riverside’s Digital Inclusion program was selected as a finalist in the ‘Digital Innovation‘ category.
“For the past six months, NJ editors and correspondents, led by staff writer Naureen Khan, have sought to identify innovators making progress on 10 key challenges facing the country—increasing exports; reviving domestic manufacturing; training a 21st-century workforce; reforming higher education and health care; expanding energy production; formulating regional economic strategies; “disrupting” government; promoting digital innovation; and financing infrastructure. Through dozens of interviews with practitioners and experts, as well as through extensive documentary research, we have selected one winner and four finalists in each category. We offer the combined group as a list of 50 problem-solvers Washington can learn from.” – National Journal
The special edition is being released in conjunction with a day-long forum entitled “Back in Business: A Celebration of American Problem Solvers” to be held on June 19, 2013 in Washington D.C.