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Four Innovative SPARCC Projects that Are Turning Ideas into Action

Over the past year and a half, SPARCC sites have demonstrated their ability to set bold goals to advance racial equity, health, and climate resilience in their regions and, perhaps more importantly, to respond, adapt, and identify the challenges and opportunities emerging through their work. As we reach a midway point in the program, SPARCC […]

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A New Tool for Rethinking Community Investment: The SPARCC Capital Screen

By Brian Prater In the community investment sector, we have succeeded in offering innovative capital investments that are focused on one component of our work, such as affordable housing or small business. However, we have struggled to finance more complex solutions that address the broader strategic needs expressed by communities and their residents.  This narrowness […]

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Design, Culture, and Complex Problems: Q&A with Liz Ogbu

In honor of National Arts and Humanities Month, a “coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America,” we’re sharing insights gleaned from Liz Ogbu, a designer, urbanist, and social innovator who infuses arts and culture into sustainable design and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments. Ms. Ogbu joined the SPARCC sites at their […]

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