Scale with Local Accountability: a "Both/And" Approach

Location: Studio C
Date: Wed, April 17
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Organizer: National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA)

A core value of the community development movement from its inception 50 years ago has been that local residents should play a leadership role in shaping the future of their communities and their own lives. CDCs and other community-based groups seek to advance that vision by having boards of directors that are community based, by engaging local residents in crafting and implementing a vision for their community, and by maintaining community control and ownership of key assets.

At the same time, community developers want to achieve greater impact and scale, as do other stakeholder like philanthropy and municipalities. How do community-based organizations stand firm on their values that promote both scale and local accountability in the midst of larger-scale initiatives?

Larger scale initiatives – such as Seattle’s Housing and Livability Agenda, New Orlean’s HousingNOLA 10-year plan, and the Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) in six regions – can be rallying points and common ground for community-based organizations to achieve scale in collaboration. How are organizations involved with these initiatives engaging and responding to local community – and how can you learn from their experiences for your work in your community?


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