LEARNING AREA: Community Organizing and Planning, Economic Development, Real Estate Development
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Building on What Works: Cross-Sector Community Development


Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco




This issue of the Community Development Investment Review celebrates and builds on the themes of What Works and explores innovations and lessons learned from cross-sector practice across a range of issues. The first section begins with reflections from some of the original authors and early adopters of What Works. It then examines two place-based, multi-site initiatives designed to strengthen collaborative leadership and effect systems change and also highlights innovative approaches from across the country, such as addressing displacement in LA’s Little Tokyo, supporting people in reentry from prison, seeding innovation in rural Maine, and the new frontier of healthy communities efforts.

The second section of this issue presents case study profiles of “community quarterbacks” from the Partners in Progress (PIP) initiative, a joint effort between the Citi Foundation and LIIF to provide flexible support and technical assistance to 14 community-based organizations.