This guide, produced by the Making Connections Technical Assistance Resource Center, encourages low-income communities to engage in comprehensive planning processes that help uncover and leverage their often untapped resources, including strong labor forces, consumer markets and transportation assets. Strategies emphasize the importance of linking a range of community investment strategies together-- such as housing and commercial development, community facilities and new businesses-- to achieve a multiplier effect, as well as need to connect to regional economies.

August 11, 2003

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How communities can put successful investment strategies together.

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    How data-gathering tools can help low-income communities attract investments.

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    How Community Development Financial Institutions can link their investments to job creation and asset building programs.

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    Why communities should tackle projects that can be completed relatively quickly in the early stages of their investment strategies

Key Takeaway

Neighborhoods can work together to keep their consumer dollars closer to home

Three low-income New Haven neighborhoods cooperated to bring a new supermarket to the community after market research showed that millions of dollars in consumer spending in the area was being lost to suburban stores. The supermarket has since expanded into a shopping plaza. 

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