The Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) is a network of cooperatively owned businesses and allies working to support the development of new co-op businesses, provide services to existing co-ops, educate the public about co-ops, and advocate for co-ops with elected officials. Read more about Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance...
Melissa Hoover is the Executive Director of the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), the national membership organization for worker cooperatives, founded in 2004. She is also a founding director of the nonprofit Democracy at Work Institute, which provides technical assistance resources to worker cooperatives. Read more about Converting Existing Businesses to Worker Cooperatives...
A recent article in Atlantic Cities by Richard Florida, titled "Where 'Eds and Meds' Industries Could Become a Liability," has caused a bit of a stir. The article warns that relying on anchor institutions such as local universities and hospitals (also known as “eds and meds”) for economic development is chancy.
- The Democracy Collaborative's new white paper "The Anchor Dashboard" helps hospitals and universities measure the impact of their programs, initiatives, and economic activity on the well-being of low-income children, families, and communities. Made possible by support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, our report draws on over 75 in-depth interviews with leaders of anchor institutions, national nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and community organizations.
Download the report and learn more about our work to help anchors measure their impact on community wealth.
A presentation of The Anchor Dashboard at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, with the Democracy Collaborative's Ted Howard and Sarah McKinley, and Charles Rutheiser of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Read more about The Anchor Dashboard at the Department of Housing and Urban Development...
What is Community Wealth?
How do you build community wealth? Here's some of the basic principles of a successful approach:
Community Wealth Cities
Community Wealth Interviews
This webinar, organized by Community Catalyst and the Democracy Collaborative, explored how community benefit requirements, especially in the wake of new Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations governing Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA), can provide a powerful and effective framework to drive transformative community economic development.Read more about Community Benefit and Anchor Institutions: Linkages and Opportunities ...
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This policy primer from Shareable and the Sustainable Economies Law Center catalogues innovative local policies that city governments have used to help residents share resources, co-produce, and create their own jobs. Focusing on food, housing, transportation, and job sharing, this guide is intended to help cities build community wealth and develop more resilient and democratic local economies. More broadly, the sharing economy highlights how governments can structure infrastructure, services, incentives, and regulations to support this new economy.