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Community Economic Development

  • The Rhode Island Foundation recognized the potential for revitalization of “DownCity” in Providence, an area designated as the Arts and Entertainment District and the only central business district in the country to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Community Partners’ strategic plan for the Rhode Island Foundation forged a plan for action establishing the DownCity Partnership, a non-profit organization investing $9 million to revitalize this emerging neighborhood in the downtown. Community Partners’ strategic plan for the Rhode Island Foundation led to the implementation of a multi-million dollar Program-Related Investment in “DownCity” in Providence.
  • Working with Leveraging Investments in Creativity and Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Community Partners Consultants compiled examples of successful artist space development by community development corporations around the country. Community Partners then presented the highlights of lessons learned in research reports and national workshops for community-based organizations.
  • The Bidwell Training Center sought creative employment opportunities for low-income residents of Pittsburgh, drawing upon their business training and development experience. The resulting Harbor Gardens Greenhouse specializing in growing orchids offers employment for low-income residents in Pittsburgh.
  • The Chinese Economic Development Corporation needed expanded space for emerging businesses, teaching English as a second language, and employment opportunities. The business plan resulted in a major federal grant funds for a business incubator and creation of a job-training center in the heart of Boston’s Chinatown.
  • The closing of several military installations in Massachusetts causes several unemployment and economic distress for the localities. As Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Government Land Bank, Bacow served as project manager for redevelopment of the former 4700 acre Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee and the 88-acre Chelsea Naval Hospital for housing and related mixed-use activity.
  • The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh sought a viable reuse of the 123-acre waterfront site of a former steel mill. The socio-economic and market study evaluated the industrial, commercial, residential, and recreational uses of the waterfront site, including the potential impact of riverboat gambling.

 

 

 

 


Strategic Plan for DownCity spurs revitalization

Site of major revitalization for Pittsburgh

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