community development

Read and share this report to "Maximize the Potential of Your Public Library"

Learn how public libraries can partner with local governments to support important community issues such as economic development, public safety, environmental sustainability, cultural diversity, education, and literacy. The International City/County Management Association (ICMA), with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, awarded grants to nine jurisdictions to develop programs that help communities strengthen government and library partnerships and develop strategic and innovative library programming. ICMA's recent report,  

BTOP Projects at Work: Successful Partnerships

Finding the right community development partners can be difficult for non-profit organizations. Sometimes, because resources are scarce, non-profit leaders compete with one another when they should collaborate.  Fortunately, as we launched the Spanish language components of our Small Business Success Series, I could turn to people with whom I had worked successfully over the past decade: Sara Nelson, Founder of La Comunidad Habla, and Andrea Plaza, Founder of Encuentro.  Both these women are bold, visionary, and willing to partner to get their programs built and accomplish their goals.

BTOP Projects at Work: Fast Forward New Mexico’s Small Business Success Training

America didn’t invent entrepreneurship - but we sure do love it here.  Even President Obama is getting on the entrepreneurship bandwagon, announcing new programs to spur technology innovation that will lead to new companies being formed and hopefully, more jobs.