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Early-Stage Strategies for Community Wealth Building

February 5, 2020

The U.S. is among the most unequal societies in the world. To address these inequalities, city leaders, including mayors, should play a critical role in community wealth building.
Cities across the country, varying in size, economic health, and demographics are all contending with the problem of the growing wealth gap. One way that cities can make a difference is by shifting their economic growth models to center on building community wealth. This brief profiles three cities, Nashville, Detroit, and Lafayette, LA, on the unique ways that leaders in these cities are building community wealth and their local democratic systems. In addition to the detailed narratives of projects in each city, the brief offers actionable ways to consider community wealth building in your own city.
City leaders, including mayors, are this brief’s intended audience. However, as highlighted in each example, this work requires multiple actors, including community organizers and developers. This brief is useful to anyone committed to equitable economic development in their community.