Open Society Institute
Equitable Local Economies Grant Pilot Program
Open Society Institute engaged us to help develop a new grant-making program aimed at supporting inside-outside strategies for equitable economic development in cities in the South and Southwest. OSI adopted our recommendations and deployed our team to provide technical assistance to the cities of Nashville and Durham as part of a pilot program.
Equitable Economic Development Fellowship
Our firm designed the Equitable Economic Development Fellowship, a new fellowship program focused on advancing equitable economic development for Surdna Foundation and Open Society Institute. In 2016, these organizations implemented our recommendations and launched the program with a cohort of six cities. The program identifies professionals seeking to advance inclusive economic development and equips them with new tools and best practices to drive innovation at the local level.
County of Los Angeles
Economic Development Roadmap
Our firm developed an Economic Development Roadmap to guide implementation of an economic development fund that was established by the County of Los Angeles. The Roadmap recommends potential fund uses and enumerates tasks needed to carry out a robust economic development strategy.
City of Glendale
In collaboration with the Glendale Economic Development Corporation, we analyzed research and data on existing technology-based businesses and quality of life factors present in other technology clusters. In January 2017, the Glendale City Council adopted the resulting technology strategy as a key component of the city’s economic development efforts.
LOCAL INITIATIVES SUPPORT CORPORATION, LoS ANGELES
2017-2020 Strategic Plan
Our firm worked with LISC LA to develop a three-year strategic plan that outlines the local office’s economic development priorities, program strategies, actions the organization will take towards achieving its goals, and metrics for success. To accomplish this, we interviewed key stakeholders and facilitated staff workshops to capture diverse perspectives about LISC LA’s work and the various strategic plan components.
Program Strategy Refinement
We worked with the Surdna Foundation to refine the Five-Year Program Strategy for the Inclusive Economies Program (IE). As part of this process we worked with program staff to create a new problem statement that reflected the lessons learned over the past five years and the current social, political, and economic conditions in the United States. We developed a program theory of change, program goals, strategies, and interventions that refocused program efforts in order to more fully address issues of race and participation in the current economic structure. Following the strategy refinement process, ELA worked with IE to develop a set of program indicators (to capture the scale and direction of changes towards an inclusive economy) and program metrics (to capture impact of IE’s grantmaking). The development process included an in-depth indicators landscape scan, as well as interviews and focus groups with key program partners.