Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Community Development

Comparative Advantages: Creating Synergy in Community Development


September 2013

Community Development Working Papers

The goal of this paper is to provide insights and tools to help community development practitioners, policymakers, funders, and other stakeholders better understand how to maximize the effectiveness and impact of different types of organizations at the local and regional level. Understanding your comparative advantages is critical to addressing complex community development initiatives from foreclosure prevention, to sustainable energy, to urban education, to job creation.

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