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Fostering the Power of Universities and Hospitals for Community Change

October 24th, 2014 -- violeta
New federal policy strategies can help cities leverage the economic might of their anchor institutions to benefit communities

Crossposted from Talkpoverty.org blog - a project of the Half in Ten Education Fund, a project of the Center for American Progress.

Communities across the country are recognizing the tremendous resources nonprofit anchor institutions—such as hospitals and universities—can provide as engines of inclusive and equitable economic development. Increasingly, cities—often led by Mayors—are launching comprehensive strategies to leverage these institutions to address challenging problems of unemployment, poverty, and disinvestment. In 2014, several cities, including Chicago, Baltimore and New Orleans, have launched community building and job creation strategies that revolve around anchor institutions; and in Cleveland, a decade old collaboration of philanthropy, anchor institutions, and the municipal government continues to rebuild economies in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city.

How a worker cooperative factory is helping bring textile manufacturing back to North Carolina

October 16th, 2014 -- john
An interview with Molly Hemstreet of Opportunity Threads

Opportunity Threads is a worker cooperative cut and sew factory in Morganton, North Carolina. Started in late 2008, it’s an inspiring example of how democratic ownership in manufacturing can create jobs, empower workers, and even rebuild the value chains that sustain a community economically. To find out more about their story, we talked with Molly Hemstreet, the organizer, developer, and now worker-owner who got the ball rolling.

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Local policies for building community wealth

October 7th, 2014 -- john
We need to move beyond ‘projects’ and towards policies that help build and sustain community wealth

Originally published by NewStart

At the Democracy Collaborative, we’re interested in finding ways to build community wealth at scale — that is, in finding ways to anchor capital, democratise ownership, and stabilise local economies to really make a difference in the lives of low-income communities that find themselves marginalised by the current paradigm of economic development. Read more about Local policies for building community wealth...

Democracy Collaborative Offers Paid Year-Long Junior Fellowship

September 24th, 2014 -- sarah
Assist with newsletter, C-W Cities, blogs and research

We are pleased to announce that we are looking for candidates for our Junior Fellowship position that focuses on the Community-Wealth.org newsletter, maintaining web content, and assisting with research. For further details, please see the position description below. Deadline for applications extended to October 9th!

Does Richmond Show the Future of Community Wealth Building?

September 10th, 2014 -- sarah
City's anti-poverty program reimagines community economic development

Crossposted from Rooflines: The Shelterforce Blog

Although an important figure in both U.S. and African-American history, Maggie Lena Walker is not a household name—not the way, at least, that her contemporaries such as Brooker T. Washington, Zora Neale Hurston, or WEB Dubois are.

Yet Walker was the first woman (of any race) in the nation to charter a bank, which she did when she opened the St. Luke’s Penny Savings Bank in Richmond, Va., in 1903.