A collage of community development at the local level.

Leaders are developing the Community Development Toolbox, a suite of design- and planning-based methods, techniques and technologies to enhance the physical, social, economic and cultural assets in underserved communities.


To work in collaboration with community stakeholders to identify, create, and implement interventions that focus on improving the quality of life in underserved neighborhoods.


  • Utilize asset mapping to identify community strengths that can be leveraged to catalyze community development.
  • Conduct survey research with community partners to address attitudes, perceptions, and potential programs regarding local community economic development.
  • Evaluate underdeveloped commercial corridors and identify their capacity to scale up and serve as hubs for comprehensive community economic development.