Community development utilizes local resources and generates local opportunities so that low-income individuals and communities can achieve greater levels of self-sufficiency.
Specific community development approaches can help stabilize and strengthen communities in a number of ways, from promoting affordable housing and job growth to investing in business development and real estate incentives.
These approaches — which can look vastly different at every site — have five features in common. They 1) help make communities resilient for the long term; 2) serve the broader interests of the community; 3) invite active and inclusive participation; 4) build on local resources and assets while meeting local needs; and 5) increase economic independence.
In this report the reader gets an overview of how the East Baltimore Revitalization Initiative created jobs and contracting work for low-income people of color, women and local Baltimore businesses during a huge community redevelopment project. The report includes lessons learned about incorporating the strategies of economic inclusion into community development, which places the East Baltimore initiative’s efforts within a national context.
As director of the Atlanta Civic Site team, Kweku Forstall oversees programs, investments and partnerships to increase educational and economic opportunities for children, families and communities in several southwest Atlanta neighborhoods.
An Dec. 10 webinar hosted by the Center for the Study of Social Policy focuses on the core capacities needed to achieve lasting community change, drawing from the experiences of communities that participated in Casey's Making Connections initiative.
This report summarizes how McCormack Baron Salazar, a development firm, and its nonprofit subsidiary, Urban Strategies, involved residents in an 18-month redevelopment of New Orleans’ C.J. Peete public housing complex after Katrina.
A new public art installation along the fence line of the Foundation's University Avenue site was unveiled during Casey's Art of Community event this summer.
A new working paper shares insights and tips from practitioners and investors involved in multisector efforts to achieve common, focused results that improve the circumstances for kids, families and communities — also known as collective impact.
This paper summarizes the literature and provides start-up advice for aligning public, private and philanthropic resources interested in “collective impact” when making community-wide changes for kids and families.
The Big Ideas for Jobs project has once again tapped into the minds of some of the brightest experts from a variety of fields to come up with a new set of ideas that can lead to sustainable jobs today. Their proposals span areas of federal policy, industries and entrepreneurship.
Transforming low-income communities into places where families have the resources to thrive often requires a mix of public, private and philanthropic investments. This Community Matters webinar focuses on Casey's and the Calvert Foundation's unconventional approaches to financing community and economic development.