The magnitude of the challenges facing smaller legacy cities means that no one sector can confront them alone.
Local governments are vital players in smaller legacy city revitalization, but other sectors also have important roles. Leaders from the private sector must also be willing to “own the problem” of the city’s long-term health and work collaboratively with stakeholders from local government, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, grassroots coalitions, and anchor institutions to create a shared vision for the community’s future.
Collective Impact: How-to Guide ➔
Collective impact is a proven model for structuring cross-sectoral collaborations.
The Intersector Toolkit ➔
The Intersector Toolkit was created by The Intersector Project, a nonprofit focused on encouraging collaboration among business, government, and the nonprofit sector.
Regional Collaboration Toolkit ➔
Economies function on a regional level, so smaller legacy city stakeholders will need to work closely with partners across their region to develop and execute economic development strategies.
Economic development organizations that involve key private sector leaders have proven effective in creating and shepherding strategic planning efforts.
Collective Impact ➔
Collective impact is an approach to social change that brings together diverse stakeholders in a structured way.
Leading Together Series ➔
MassINC documents how collaborative partnerships are building capacity and making change in Gateway Cities.
Working Cities Challenge ➔
The Working Cities Challenge has encouraged smaller legacy cities in New England to embrace a cross-sectoral approach to some of their most pressing problems.