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A comprehensive approach focused on sustainable change Asset Building and Community Development, Fourth Edition examines the promise and limits of community development by showing students and practitioners how asset-based developments can improve the sustainability and quality of life. Authors Gary Paul Green and Anna Haines provide an engaging, thought-provoking, and comprehensive approach to asset building by focusing on the role of different forms of community capital in the development process. Updated throughout, this text explores how communities are building on their key assets—physical, human, social, financial, environmental, political, and cultural capital— to generate positive change. With a focus on community outcomes, the authors illustrate how development controlled by community-based organizations provides a better match between assets and the needs of the community.

Human Capital
Human Capital

Human capital is an essential community asset. In many localities, however, human capital is underused and underdeveloped. Human capital includes general education background, labor market experience, artistic development and appreciation, health, and other skills. Most of the economics literature on human capital treats human capital issues as an individual issue, focusing on the motivation for workers to obtain education and training. In this chapter, we prefer to consider this issue, however, as a community development problem. Our focus is on the linkages between workers, employers, and institutions. More specifically, we examine the role of workforce development networks in building labor market skills. Human capital, however, has benefits beyond simply getting a high-paying job. It is related to other aspects of quality ...

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