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Best practices and policy

Resources to advance community wealth building and help it scale.

What are the emerging models in democratized ownership and local economic development that can best help communities build wealth? How can institutional resources – public, private, and non-profit – be comprehensively aligned for both impact and inclusion? Which effective alternative strategies can help policymakers leave behind the broken models of subsidy-driven "smokestack chasing" in order to truly build healthy, sustainable, and equitable local economies? Our work gives community wealth building advocates the tools and best practices they need to build a new economy.

Municipal leaders share visions for cities that build community wealth

A report from our gathering at the CUNY School of Law

How can cities redeploy their economic development resources to focus on building a more inclusive economy grounded in broad, local ownership?  How can policymakers get strategies like worker cooperative development the support and resources needed to reach truly meaningful scale? How can collaborations between communities, local government, and key institutional stakeholders build pathways to economic equity for the people left behind by the traditional trickle-down economic playbook? Read more about Municipal leaders share visions for cities that build community wealth...

Community-Wealth.org

Our Community-Wealth.org site is an essential resource for practitioners and policy makers working to build community wealth.  For almost a decade, our site has served as a central clearinghouse for key research and reports from the field, cutting across traditional community development silos and offering a comprehensive guide to local wealth building strategies.   

Rebuilding America’s Communities: A Comprehensive Community Wealth Building Federal Policy Proposal

Gar Alperovitz, Steve Dubb and Ted Howard

Anyone concerned about the state of America's communities today must give serious thought to how public policy can support on-the-ground practitioners. This report from The Democracy Collaborative outlines an ambitious 10-year strategy to meet that goal.

Owning Your Own Job is a Beautiful Thing: Community Wealth Building in Cleveland, Ohio

Ted Howard
Investing in What Works for America’s Communities

Ted Howard contributed this essay to Investing in What Works for America’s Communities, a book published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Low Income Investment Fund that calls on leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build on what we know is working to move the needle on poverty.