We developed a research and experimentation agenda that helps communities to strengthen their ability to deploy investment for public purpose. See more from Capital Absorption 

In the course of developing The Integration Initiative, the Living Cities team was repeatedly struck by gaps in what we have begun to refer to as “capital absorption capacity”—the ability of communities to make effective use of different forms of capital to support the needs of underserved communities.

As a result of this experience, we developed a research agenda meant to illuminate the political, social, cultural, and financial elements that allow for the effective use of investment capital in low-income communities. Our research has resulted in the publication of a series of papers and the development of a set of tools to help communities to strengthen their ability to deploy investment for public purpose.

We have brought this work to cities around the country through a series of workshops, and we are working closely with The Integration Initiative sites to support them in applying the tools to their work.

Resource Document: Putting Dollars to Work in the Community: 9 Things Local Government Can Do to Harness Private Capital for Public Good
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Resource Document: The Capital Absorption Capacity of Places: A Self-Assessment Tool
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