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[Cases] Getting Stakeholder Buy-In: Economic Opportunity

THE NEED. Top leaders in a post-industrial city were willing to invest resources into economic development—but had competing visions and plans. The barriers to progress were complex, and collective progress was slow.

OUR APPROACH. We engaged well-positioned corporate, foundation, and nonprofit CEOs in interactive and tactile exercises to demystify the complexity and unify their goals.

VALUE. Stakeholders said the engagement was effective at synthesizing disparate information and exposing a common perspective focused on growth, upward mobility, and shared prosperity.

“We’re finally beginning to build this team.”  —CEO/participant

LEARNING. This shared vision is guiding the work of an innovative social enterprise this group leads. We are now helping them design a roadmap to implement the vision and build a shared research-to-action tool to help multisector coalitions improve economic opportunity, housing, jobs, social mobility, and investment.

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