Community and Economic Development

Preserving, rebuilding and revitalizing neighborhoods and advocating for policies and practices that promote safe and resilient community development

Community and economic development, defined by the United Nations as a “process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems” includes projects that work to sustain and revitalize communities by creating and implementing neighborhood projects, increasing economic opportunities and jobs, addressing affordable housing issues, insuring the delivery of community services such as public safety and education, and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. This issue area also includes the exploration of tax systems, land use and planning, and living wage campaigns that support and sustain the quality of life of the neighborhoods in which we live, learn, work, and serve.

Ways to Get Involved in Community and Economic Development

  • Volunteer with neighborhood development associations or other Neighborhood community groups
  • Participate in city government meetings regarding land use, permits, and land use planning
  • Research tax policies and debates focused on making the tax system just and fair
  • Learn about the living wage campaign and if you support the campaign, participate in their projects and efforts
  • Support and promote small businesses and local industries in the region
  • Become certified in completing income taxes and volunteer with a local agency that provides tax services for lower income individuals like seniors and students
  • Research neighborhood history and complete neighborhood history projects to promote and preserve local, public history
  • Run for neighborhood and city leadership positions
  • Advocate for affordable housing options
  • Vote for local leaders and decision makers who advocate for neighborhood issues you support
  • Develop skills in meeting facilitation, community organizing and meditation; these skills will not only benefit you, but the communities you choose to live, learn, work, and serve in