The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation’s Communities Program engages people and institutions in the transformational issues and opportunities of their time. To do this, we take a long-term view of communities.
We consider the local narrative, spot important long-term trends and opportunities, then invest in the people and institutions whom we believe can make the difference. We do this with a constant eye on impact and innovation.
The eight resident communities and related opportunities are in:
· Akron – Attracting and engaging the talent from within Akron and without as it continues to transform its economy;
· Charlotte – Engaging major institutional leaders and community members in transforming schools in the Project Leadership and Investment for Transformation (LIFT) zone;
· Detroit – Engaging the community around young, social entrepreneurs who are transforming Detroit;
· Macon – Leading to create a hip, historic and prosperous Macon
· Miami – Helping Miami to become a place where entrepreneurship and innovation thrive;
· Philadelphia – Engaging the next generation of Philadelphia’s millennials in the economic evolution of the city;
· St. Paul – Engaging the community in strengthening neighborhoods along the new Central Corridor light rail line; and
· San Jose/Silicon Valley – Helping Silicon Valley to become best in the nation at using technology to engage its residents in civic and community issues.
By Trabian Shorters, vice president/Communities at Knight Foundation