Community Development Innovation Review

August 2009

At the Crossroads Where Economic Development, Job Creation and Workforce Development Intersect


Like a pattern forming in a kaleidoscope, the twin issues of job creation and employee training are emerging as a major focus among groups as diverse as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO, environmentalists and proponents of infrastructure growth. In the face of extraordinary challenges, business, labor, environmentalists, and government are seeking ways to reinvent and revitalize our economy with breakthrough innovations such as “green jobs,” and private-public partnerships to build infrastructure. “Business as usual” is clearly not the road to success.

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Other articles in this issue

Mission Insurance: How to Structure a Social Enterprise So Its Social and Environmental Goals Survive into the Future

Exploring the Continuum of Social and Financial Returns: When Does a Nonprofit Become a Social Enterprise?

Using High-Transparency Banks to Reconnect Money and Meaning

Impact Investing: Harnessing Capital Markets to Solve Problems at Scale

Increasing Access to Capital: Could Better Measurement of Social and Environmental Outcomes Entice More Institutional Investment Capital into Underserved Communities?

NCIF Social Performance Metrics: Increasing the Flow of Investments in Distressed Neighborhoods through Community Development Banking Institutions

Reject the Reset!

Rethink Charity

Local Stock Exchanges and National Stimulus


Could “Small Is Beautiful” Replace “Too Big to Fail?”