To ensure that our efforts reach the full spectrum of our region’s residents, the Collaborative has designated two Focus Communities as the targets of the Education and Engagement activities.  The Focus Communities are (1) Communities and Grassroots Organizations and (2) Business and Anchor Institutions.  The Collaborative defines Business and Anchor Institutions as public and private sector leaders who help define our region’s job market, economic development and broad decision making including:

  • Business groups or coalitions
  • Economic Development professionals
  • Major Employers
  • Post-secondary educational institutions
  • Property owners and developers
  • Large philanthropic organizations

The Collaborative defines Communities and Grassroots Organizations as traditionally underrepresented populations and community-based organizations who give voice to the concerns of residents throughout the region.

Traditionally Underrepresented Populations include:
  • Ex-offenders
  • Homeless
  • Immigrant populations for whom English is a second language
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Rural Populations
  • Persons living in areas that are heavily populated with minorities
  • Persons who struggle to find employment paying a family supporting wage
  • Populations that have faced generational economic disadvantage or other forces that prevent them from achieving individual and family self-sufficiency
  • Residents of subsidized housing
  • Youth
Community based organizations include:
  • Advocacy organizations
  • Neighborhood based organizations
  • Service providers and other non-profit entities