To demonstrate an innovative approach to city government procurement that could generate substantial cost-savings for cities, create greater transparency and accountability in the procurement process, match the needs in the community with the best available solutions, and create a clearer model for citizen engagement and open up cities to local social and urban entrepreneurship.
To fund Greater Akron Amenities to conduct landscape analysis and ultimately develop an action plan to attract and retain talented 18-34 year olds in Akron.
To support and help shape the agenda of the 2014 National Day of Civic Hacking.
To expand the Jane's Walk program into Knight resident communities and develop a model and set of resources for expansion into other cities across the U.S.
To accelerate economic mobility in Akron's core city neighborhoods by leveraging new investments in job creation, job preparation and job access.
To support various creative placemaking activities, facilitated by Hunter Franks, that will inspire robust engagement and change perceptions of place in Knight communities.
To fund Team Better Block activities, which trains local leaders to improve their neighborhood through participatory placemaking in three Knight Foundation Communities; Akron, Macon and Philadelphia.
To continue work by Hunter Franks that began last year, supporting public art and creative placemaking projects that contribute to city vibrancy.
To accelerate the institute's small loan lending and technical assistance programs within the city to support entrepreneurs and neighborhood businesses.
To continue work by Team Better Block in Akron, engaging leaders, residents and recent immigrants to improve their neighborhoods through immediate redevelopment and placemaking projects
To support planning and research at the new Bits and Atoms Innovation Center, a maker and product commercialization space in the heart of downtown
To facilitate innovative lending programs, including peer lending circles and micro-loans for entrepreneurs in the city's Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.