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