Living Cities today announced the expansion of its signature effort, The Integration Initiative (TII), which supports civic leaders in cities coming together in new ways to increase opportunities for low-income people at scale.
"The Integration Initiative is helping us to understand how to build a new type of urban practice focused on addressing income inequality and disparate access to opportunity at a systems level," said
In 2010, TII awarded five cities a total of
The new TII sites will generate learning across different geographies and local conditions about how large scale change happens--especially when fueled by new ways for different sectors to work together, deploying private capital for public purposes, and harnessing public sector resources and influence for maximum impact.
"Cities across the country have different historical contexts and face different realities in terms of tackling seemingly intractable challenges like growing economic inequality," said
Over the past three years, TII has generated lessons on how realigning institutions across issues, sectors, and disciplines can result in enduring change. In
"The Integration Initiative has shown us the importance of using government and foundation grants to leverage private capital." said
Through TII, Living Cities has developed a framework for using collective impact to tackle complex challenges that is now being picked up by others. In
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