Member Sponsored Briefing: City Dibs: A Model for Community Driven Development

Member Sponsored Briefing: City Dibs: A Model for Community Driven Development

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 9:00 - 10:30 AM

All funders interested in community development, workforce development, affordable housing and the creative arts are welcome to attend this briefing. Part presentation, part workshop, this briefing will lift up a new model for community growth; one that increases the impact for low- and moderate-income families while bringing vital services back into historically marginalized neighborhoods. Drawing on small business development, home ownership, tenant organizing and supporting the creative arts—this model places communities of color at the center of development in their own communities.

Economic development has traditionally relied on longstanding practices of building housing, retail centers, and far-flung industrial parks—or attracting business relocations—to boost the city’s tax revenue and “revitalize communities”. Three decades after the popularization of this model in urban cities, many are now facing dramatic increases in homelessness, inequity and persistent poverty impacting communities of color. It seems the rising tide does not raise all boats. And the unintended consequences threaten to widen the inequality gap.

During this session, we will explore the 100-year horizon of development—along with the new and innovative metrics we are using to measure what transformative community development with a justice lens can look and feel like.

City Dibs supports people of color to build and cultivate intentional community & economic sovereignty. By providing support to businesses and social justice organizations, increasing homeownership, community driven land trusts, and grassroots urban planning we invest in communities that have historically struggled to maintain vibrant economies. The City Dibs includes the team behind Dovecote Café, the Brioxy Leadership Pipeline and 2016 White House Summit. 

This program is sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the T. Rowe Price Foundation and is for Maryland Philanthropy Network members only. Continental breakfast will be served.