The present and future of community economic development

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The present and future of community economic development

  1. 1. PRESENTED BY: ROLAND ANGLIN, PH.D. The Present and Future of Community Economic Development
  2. 2. <ul><li>WHERE ARE WE IN EFFORTS TO JOINTLY DEVELOP POOR PEOPLE AND PLACES? </li></ul>Where We are Now
  3. 3. Where We Are Now <ul><li>Over the past 40 years public policy has nurtured the rise of local non profit development organizations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Found in urban and rural communities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Marginalized groups use the model to build individual and collective voice in the development process </li></ul>
  4. 4. Where We Are Now <ul><li>Intermediaries, national, and regional organizations support local organizations in the following ways: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aggregating capital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing forward looking strategies and thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Emergence of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) field </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows communities to obtain capital and use it to build assets </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We have evolved a complement of public policies that bridge the development of people and places (Table 1) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>TAKEN TOGETHER THE WHOLE IS GREATER THAN PARTS </li></ul><ul><li>(SEE TABLE 2&3) </li></ul>The Whole vs. Parts
  6. 6. <ul><li>Problems </li></ul><ul><li>Questions Raised </li></ul><ul><li>We have strong silos for areas that could arguably be functionally connected </li></ul><ul><li>Why, for example do we put workforce in a silo with little connection to economic development </li></ul><ul><li>Why is education not central to CED efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Where is neighborhood security in the CED equation? </li></ul>Whole vs. Parts
  7. 7. <ul><li>WE HAVE TO RECONCEPTUALIZE COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT </li></ul>Reconceptualizing
  8. 8. What Does Reconceptualization Entail? <ul><li>Put people first! </li></ul><ul><li>Seek to Innovate and Learn </li></ul><ul><li>Give adequate attention to sustainable development </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of varying levels of local capacity and figuring out how on that capacity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating a CED body of knowledge with commensurate training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhanced accountability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accepting some organizations will go out of existence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Networked community community economic development institutions should be the goal </li></ul>
  9. 9. What Does Reconceptualization Entail? <ul><li>Sequencing and Networking Strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Neighborhood Security </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Build </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Weed and Seed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School Reform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chicago </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community Organizing in Texas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CED Efforts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asset Building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EITC </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Neighborhood Stabilization </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workforce Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sector development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainability/Adaptive Reuse </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Where Do We Go From Here <ul><li>Define Innovation in Your own Context (own it) </li></ul><ul><li>Convince Our Friends and Allies in the Funding Community that the Field is Learning and Changing </li></ul><ul><li>Define the Change You Want to See; then build a Theory of Change that is Robust and Unflinchingly Honest </li></ul>

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