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Category: Rachel Witt: Lessons & Partnerships in Community & Economic Development

The South Grand Community Creates a Special Use District

This article — originally published on NextSTL — was written by Rachel Witt, Executive Director of the South Grand Community Improvement District. Read all the articles in the Lessons & Partnerships in Community & Economic Development series. The South Grand Community Improvement District’s mission is to cultivate a robust and supportive business climate on South … Continued

Policy for Climate Change Unites the Three Sectors

Image from StudioX This article was written by Rachel Witt, Executive Director of the South Grand Community Improvement District. Read all the articles in the Lessons & Partnerships in Community & Economic Development series. Local government leaders have the tools to create a structure to institute climate change policies by uniting with the private and … Continued

We Need to Live Smarter

This article was written by Rachel Witt, Executive Director of the South Grand Community Improvement District. Read all the articles in the Lessons & Partnerships in Community & Economic Development series. The rising cost of gas and services is making life difficult for many people. Americans can take advantage of the situation to reorient their … Continued

Tackling Traffic Improves Mental Health and Spurs Job Growth

This article was written by Rachel Witt, Executive Director of the South Grand Community Improvement District. Read all the articles in the Lessons & Partnerships in Community & Economic Development series. It was proven early on during the pandemic that we could physically see the difference in our air quality when cars were off the … Continued

The New Year Brings Hope and Stability

This article was written by Rachel Witt, Executive Director of the South Grand Community Improvement District. Read all the articles in the Lessons & Partnerships in Community & Economic Development series. The mental health of our community has been fractured due to COVID. Many people feel isolated from their community for the past two years … Continued

When Neighbors Connect to their Main Streets

This article was written by Rachel Witt, Executive Director of the South Grand Community Improvement District. Read all the articles in the Lessons & Partnerships in Community & Economic Development series. When neighbors connect with their main street their synergy fosters economic development and stability. Including residents and businesses on a main street’s ordinances, events, … Continued

Eco-Volunteerism Connects Communities to Nature

This article was written by Angie Weber, Volunteer Coordinator & Rachel Witt, Executive Director of the South Grand Community Improvement District. Read all the articles in the Lessons & Partnerships in Community & Economic Development series. Today, more than ever in our changing climate, eco-volunteerism is needed to inspire, motivate, and teach people in our … Continued

What Spurs Economic Development?

This article was written by Rachel Witt, Executive Director of the South Grand Community Improvement District. Read all the articles in Rachel’s Lessons & Partnerships in Community & Economic Development series. Economic development does not begin with what new business hub you can bring to your community, but how the town enables its residents to … Continued

Green Collar Jobs a Catalyst for Strong Communities

This article was written by Rachel Witt, Executive Director of the South Grand Community Improvement District. Read all the articles in Rachel’s Lessons & Partnerships in Community & Economic Development series. Many ways exist to address poverty, unemployment, and social equity. The green collar industry made up of recycling, landscaping, food production, and energy production … Continued

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