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The Local Take Talks Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with CEO Jay Bailey


This week on The Local Take I speak with Jay Bailey, President and CEO of the new Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (RCIE). Mr. Bailey shares some of H. J. Russell's history, from integrating the Commerce Club to underwriting the Atlanta Civil Rights movement. 

When asked about the goals of the center, Bailey speaks about the center being located in the community, providing 54,000 square feet dedicated to decreasing income inequality.  When I ask "Why him" for leader he shares his history as an entrepreneur.  Not only does he speak about his rise as an entrepreneur, but also his fall and rebirth. He speaks about income inequality being an "everybody" problem and how entrepreneurship can change the equation. 

Bailey speaks about the young people in the community who are already interacting with the center.  He speaks to the importance of representation and "Seeing value in our own reflection."  

For more information on The Russell Center fo Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

For more information about Jay Bailey