In an era of persistent urban inequality and chronic unemployment disproportionately impacting historically marginalized communities and communities of color, new alternatives to the traditional economic development strategies are clearly needed. This report responds to this challenge by highlighting best practices in inclusive innovation from twenty cities across the country, and offering a unified vision of the underlying new paradigm of community focused economic development.
The three stories you wil find below—and the seventeen others included in our new report, Cities Building Community Wealth—are only a few among many playing out around the nation, emblematic of the new players and approaches of community wealth building. These stories matter, because they tell us
In this article written for the Rooflines blog, our Director of Special Projects Steve Dubb points out key examples of equitable and sustainable alternatives to the traditional forms of economic development found in a new report released by Good Jobs First. Dubb highlights the case studies presented in our report, Cities Building Community Wealth as essential new approaches to combat the detrimental effects of traditional development practices.
Cat Johnson of Shareable highlights some of the case studies presented in the Democracy Collaborative report, Cities Building Community Wealth in an effort to unite communities behind this new, inclusive approach to economic development: Community wealth building is a way of strengthening
FORIMMEDIATERELEASE Takoma Park, Maryland — November 9th, 2015 In an era of persistent urban inequality and chronic unemployment, new alternatives to the traditional economic development strategies that have failed to bring broad and evenly distributed prosperity to America’s cities are clearly
Across the United States a growing number of communities are experimenting with innovative ways to create a more equal, democratic, and community-based economy from the ground up. Our Vice President and Senior Fellow Marjorie Kelly, Manager of Community Development Programs Sarah McKinley, and
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
The Stanford Social Innovation Review features our new report, Cities Building Community Wealth, emphasizing that the innovative collaborative approaches to economic development highlighted by author Marjorie Kelly are truly seeing results. Traditionally, municipal economic development was a play
Next City reporter Oscar Perry Abello highlights the innovation inherent in the Democracy Collaborative report, Cities Building Community Wealth. Abello describes authors Marjorie Kelly and Sarah McKinley as important voices in exposing the Community Wealth Building movement, “a movement that has
Following the release of our report, Cities Building Community Wealth, journalist Anne Fields emphasizes the growing need for local governments to pass policies that benefit communities. Field draws examples from Marjorie Kelly and Sarah McKinley (co-authors of the report) that discuss the 20 cities
YES! Magazine talks to Marjorie Kelly about the seven drivers cities can use to develop economies that build community wealth detailed in our report, Cities Building Community Wealth. Can we create an economic system—beginning at the local level—that builds the wealth and prosperity of everyone