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What's Working in America

by Jamie Dimon and Peter Scher

America works. It's as true today as it has ever been.

In cities and towns across the country, governments are functioning and improving people's lives. Businesses are opening, innovating, growing and hiring. Non-profits are developing practical ways to address complex problems.

We do not read enough about the positive success stories. But it's fundamental to the strength of our economy and our nation. We need to pay more attention to those examples of progress, because if we don't we risk losing opportunities to learn from them, emulate them and create more opportunity for more Americans to achieve economic progress.

At JPMorgan Chase & Co., we see examples every day of people and organizations that are making things work for our country. Our more than 260,000 team members in the United States and around the world join families, businesses, non-profits and government agencies in identifying and achieving their goals for projects large and small. We have been fortunate to partner with many extraordinary people — entrepreneurs who are building ambitious, forward-looking companies; non-profit leaders who are devising new ways to address old challenges; and local government officials who zero in on solving vexing problems in their own communities.

Here, we will showcase some of those stories. We'll see how non-profits are using data analytics to help workers attain the skills they need to meet the demands of today's job markets. We'll examine small businesses that are looking at globalization not as a threat, but as an opportunity for growth and job creation. We'll spotlight leaders in government who are making their local economies more competitive by adopting best practices from the business sector, the non-profit sector and other metropolitan areas.

Through these stories, some themes will emerge that are vitally important: the role of data and analysis; the opportunities that come from scaling up effective models and ending programs that no longer work; the enduring demand for dynamic leadership; the critical importance of convening and connecting the right people and organizations to exponentially grow our collective impact; and the need for the private sector to step up and do its part to address our country's economic, social and environmental challenges.

Our hope is that these stories will not just be inspiring, but also instructive. We need to focus on the things that are working in this country not only because it makes us feel good, but because it points the way toward how all of us – businesses, non-profits and governments at all levels – can be doing more and doing better. By building upon what works, we can accelerate our progress against even our most difficult challenges, and continue the long American tradition of success.

Learn more about Politico's What Works Series

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is proud to present POLITICO Magazine's "What Works" series, a yearlong, independently reported editorial series on the innovative ideas coming out of America's cities.