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First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will join Hiring Our Heroes and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in hosting an all-day summit and job fair for veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses at Fort Campbell, Kentucky on Wednesday.

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April 22, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will join Hiring Our Heroes and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in hosting an all-day summit and job fair for veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses at Fort Campbell, Kentucky on Wednesday.

More than 100 employers have signed up for the Fort Campbell Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum, which will also include remarks from Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer, and more than a dozen military leaders and veterans advocates.

Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden are scheduled to open the Hiring Our Heroes job fair Wednesday afternoon in front of more than 1,000 service members and their families. The First and Second Ladies are the co-founders of the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative, which seeks to priovide employment and education resources and other support for service members and their families.

In addition to the job fair, Wednesday’s event will include three panel discussions with military and business leaders. An opening session will feature a broad overview of the effort to support transitioning service members, and there will be panels centering on community support and best practice for hiring veterans.

The summit is supported by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Army, and the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employer Partnership.

April 21, 2014

America's cities are becoming increasingly unaffordable. Why? Because some are failing at basic supply and demand. 

So says Kim-Mai Cutler in an incredibly thoughtful investigation into San Francisco's housing market. The Bay Area is one of the most expensive (and beautiful!) places to live in America. Most people there find it hard to afford putting a roof over their heads. With this housing crisis has come protest, as residents fear losing the city’s treasured culture to tech-enriched elites. 

Behind San Francisco's crisis is a trend affecting all of urban America. Commerce is on the rise and a new set of residents are flowing in, increasing demand for space in which to work and live. In San Francisco, the tech community is directly and indirectly fueling much of this growth. On the flip side, established residents are (profitably) limiting supply through decades-old laws. 

April 18, 2014

Thomas A. Edison once opined, “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. 

Indeed, there’s value in wading through junk – or through venues historically viewed as all the “wrong places” – to realize breakthrough insights and innovations. But when it comes to innovation in genomics, a “switch” in orientation toward a quote from Socrates might better represent the opportunities: "Wisdom begins in wonder."  

April 18, 2014

UPDATED: The New York Times' David Brooks took to the pages today to defend Common Core, reminding readers that: "school standards are not curricula. They do not determine what students read or how teachers should teach. They are the goals for what students should know at the end of each grade."

This was a state-led effort, supported by employers and financed by private foundations. This was not a federal effort, though the Obama administration did encourage states to embrace the new standards.

April 17, 2014

In our ongoing series exploring the links between connectivity and innovation, we spoke with Mitch Jackson, Vice President of Environmental Affairs & Sustainability for FedEx. Jackson spearheaded the implementation of FedEx hybrid-electric vehicles, among the first in the commercial marketplace.

How would you describe the relationship between increased global connectivity and innovation?

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