A good partnership can be an exciting prospect. Two or more entities combine resources and experiences to become better than the sum of their parts.
Not every partnership works. Divergent goals, clashing personalities and different styles can scuttle what looks good on paper.
The same risks and rewards exist within community development partnerships. Almost by definition, there are very different actors involved: Neighborhood residents Non-profits Private sector interests Institutions Government Let’s take a look at each!
They vary in sophistication, but are mission driven, which allows for a different approach than a profit driven entity might pursue. Can be useful for community building and PR to housing and commercial revitalization.
Remember that these political trends oscillate, so try to put too much credence into what you see/read. As those of us who have worked for or with government can tell you, most employees are as dedicated and hard working. It is in their best interest to help you succeed.
Government has access to many tools that can make them a valuable partner. Tax abatement Tax Increment Financing Municipal Bonds Congressional entitlements (CDGB, HOME… NSP, UDAG, Model Cities, Urban Renewal)
Congress created the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to help cities, counties and states deal with community problems that are the result of the mortgage foreclosure crisis in the nation. HUD provides money to about 250 local governments and all 50 states. Generally, the money must be used to buy, fix up, and resell foreclosed and abandoned homes.
Hospitals, universities, schools, libraries, places of worship. Often mission driven. Access to resources. With the exception of some churches, institutions usually have little to no experience in community development.
Many institutions are located near low to moderate income neighborhoods. In recent years, they have had to decide whether they shut themselves off from the community or embrace it. Lately, more institutions are choosing to embrace the community.
University of Pennsylvania – West Philly Cleveland Clinic – Fairfax/Hough The Ohio State University – North High Street/Weinland Park
PROS Access to capital Unique relationships Deep capacityCONS Risk averse May not have an interest in community development marketplace
Some private sector entities have philanthropic investment arms. This can be a benefit to your community, but isn’t really an investment, as there is no ROI.
Rouse, a successful mall developer, created a concept called a “Festival Marketplace” These marketplaces were the catalysts for downtown revitalization in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Financial institutions can be partners…but only up to a point. Banks are multi-faceted, non-monolithic, and sometimes compete within the organization Extensive regulations of banks puts boundaries around their ability to be ongoin, true partners. However…..
There are parts of banks who can be more fully engaged: Bank Community Development Corporation Bank Charitable Foundations and Departments Affiliates that serve as CDFIs, CDCs and developers
Partners City of Kansas City Jazz District Redevelopment Corporation Bank of America CDC Negro Leagues Museum Foundation Black Economic Union
1. Be Strategic; Do a plan2. Know your limitations…do what you know best.3. Collaboration starts with a relationship, not a project4. Start small … test the relationship5. Understand what motivates your partners6. Enlist the neighborhood … and those who love the neighborhood7. Volunteers are great…up to a point8. Consider the politics: recruit the electeds, and those who can influence the electeds9. Understand the story, and how to tell the story.10. Getting the grant is great, now you have to perform!
Nationwide Children’s Hospital andCommunity Development for All People
Founded in 1892 with 9 patient beds. Pediatric teaching hospital for Ohio State since 1937. Currently, the main campus has over 8,000 employees, 18,500 annual inpatients, 925,000 outpatients. Just completed an $800 million expansion.
A change in executive leadership at the hospital facilitated several changes. First, the housing to the east of the hospital was addressed. Since 2007, NCH has spent approximately $1.3 million renovating their easterly assets.
John Edgar – Executive Director, Community Development for All People Angela Mingo – Director of Community Relations, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Robert Williams – Director, Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families
Mark BarbashEconomic Development Consulting614-568-5049Mark.Barbash@gmail.comBrian HigginsArch City Development614email@example.com@ArchCityCMH