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We grateully acknowledge Seedco’s Ben Seigel or helping toguide this report to completion, Demetra Smith Nightingaleor her guidance on the Policy Advisory Council, and the Joyce Foundation’s Whitney Smith or her support, critique,and patience. Thanks as well to the many people, too many tolist, who read and provided invaluable eedback. Finally, thisreport would not have been possible without the thoughtulcontributions o the hundreds o eld leaders, practitionersand policymakers who took the time to talk with us.This report was unded by the Joyce Foundation withadditional support rom the Ford Foundation, whichsupports a range o Seedco’s workorce and economicdevelopment activities.
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