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Building on the Ambitions and Aspirations of Newcomers
This interview explores the opportunity to strengthen the role of cities as landing places for new immigrants, connecting them to social and economic pathways. Ms. Blanchard discusses BakerRipley?s approach to Appreciative Community Building, the dual challenges of limited resources and impact measurement, and how she?s preparing for the next decade of community development work.
People transforming communities. For good.
Blanchard says that neighborhood strength is the essential element of community development, and it?s an integrated concept involving housing, health, schools, finance, jobs and infrastructure. People are the critical asset; helping them articulate what they need and then help them get it is the role of community development. The ability to manage an integrated solution and respond to needs requires strong, well-financed organizations with the infrastructure that enables them to grow and respond to change and to raise significant funds over long periods of time.