This book provides new insights into an important national community development challenge: how to stimulate the formation of genuinely community-based organizations and effective citizen action in neighborhoods that have not spawned these efforts spontaneously. Using evaluation research and detailed comparative study of community development activity in three diverse demonstration sites; Little Rock, New Orleans and Palm Beach county, the authors identify key elements of building social capital which strongly affect community development.

Building Relationships with the Private Sector

Building relationships with the private sector

Objectives and Strategy

The LISC demonstration had both short—and long-term objectives in building relationships with the private sector. The primary short-term objectives were to cultivate commitment to and support for the LISC demonstration approach to strengthening low-income neighborhoods, enlighten the support community about conditions in targeted neighborhoods, and initiate a series of positive contacts between the private sector and the residents of those neighborhoods. The long-term objective was to create bridges between the private sector support community and low-income communities and thereby foster a community development support system with significant private sector participation. This entailed increasing the private sector's financial, technical, and political support for community development activities and enhancing the ability of neighborhood residents ...

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