We help local leaders complete community-focused projects by convening stakeholders, providing toolkits and best practices, and providing pro bono technical assistance in strategy & project finance.


WHAT WE DO

We equip and empower communities to take practical steps to combat the economic disparity that exists across America. As a nonprofit made up of leaders who have spent time in executive branches of government, we understand the immediate and competing priorities faced by city hall. That’s why we work to extend the capacity of local leaders by providing toolkits, technical assistance, and expert advice to communities trying to achieve long-term transformative investments. We focus on identifying and executing critical community development projects that address social needs and gain market traction.

We currently advise municipal and state leaders on how to activate the economic potential of their communities, which we see as a crucial way to achieve transformative development.



HOW WE DO IT

CONVENING: we help bring the right national, state, and local players together to find common cause in local economic development projects. This is especially vital in Opportunity Zone projects, where investors, developers, City Hall, and communities must get on the same page for the long-term investments to be successful. We partnered with Governors’ Offices across more than ten states to organize widely-attended convenings and workshops that brought key players together to strategize projects.

 

TOOLKITS & PLAYBOOKS: we generate and distribute playbooks, toolkits, and actionable reports generated from our national expertise in metropolitan economies and our experience from the field. This information helps generate norms and build capacity in underserved markets. We’ve built playbooks around Opportunity Zones, inclusive development, and sustainable small business relief for Main Streets and entrepreneurs of color.

 

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: we provide free assistance to communities prioritizing projects and building capital stacks for local community-focused projects. We help prioritize projects that satisfy community needs and capitalize on local assets, while demystifying the financial language around layering different incentives and helping reaching investors.

 

TOOLS: to scale our work so it reaches every community in the US, we received generous support from the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth to build GroundUp, a free tool that simplifies the process of financing community projects. GroundUp will be live in mid-July 2020 and you can sign up for early access here.