There are a lot of research documents, case studies, and resources out there for communities to draw from, if they intend to become more vibrant. But not if there is no leader with the commitment and determination — and the stamina — to do it. What does this mean for your community?
via Community Champions — Where Would Our Communities Be Without Them? — Economic and Community Development — Penn State Extension.
New Kensington concerned citizens met with Penn State Extension Economic and Community Development Educator John Turack to learn how to positively visualize the towns future as a community. Penn State Extension Educator John Turack presenting to approximately 70 New Kensington citizens, community leaders, university faculty, and students. %2
via Eye On The Future Leads To More Engaged Community Leaders, Citizens — Westmoreland County — Penn State Extension.
Here is the final version of the report on the community visioning project.
Future Story Community Visioning project report final
This is an interesting article from the PA Downtown Center
Around the world, cities are seeking the recipe for economic success in a rapidly changing global marketplace. Indispensable assets in a post–industrial economy include well-educated people, the ability to generate new ideas and to turn those ideas into commercial realities, connectivity to global markets, and multi-modal transportation infrastructure.Another critical but often neglected asset is community distinctiveness.
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Picture if you will a successful Bridges community—one where all sectors and economic classes are working together toward a healthy, sustainable community. A community where lives are being strengthened. A community where those in poverty are provided the opportunity and tools to build a stable life. A community where strong planning and communication are working in sync. Can you envision this?
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via Building a Healthy Bridges Initiative | aha! Process, Inc. Blog.
The most common area of focus among human service organizations is the first one—behaviors of the individual. At Community Action Partnership (CAP), we’ve found that just focusing on helping our program participants learn new behaviors isn’t enough. We also have to address human and social capital, issues of exploitation, and the political and economic structures that exist. One of our projects is called “Bridges to Work.” This project is focused on developing skills with both entry-level employees and their supervisors in order to increase retention and the opportunity for additional training, advancement, and income. We’ve found that we can have the greatest impact if we give entry-level employees and their supervisors a shared understanding. To that end, we use information from Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World with entry-level workers as part of a comprehensive course to help them “do better” at work.
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via Building Human and Social Capital in the Community | aha! Process, Inc. Blog.