Archived LISC webinar recording from 02/23/17: The creation of Opportunity Zones (OZ) was included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the recently passed tax reform overhaul law. Opportunity Zones are an innovative approach to spurring long-term private sector investments in low-income urban and rural communities nationwide. LISC Policy, New Markets Support Company and Economic Innovation Group discuss how you can advocate for this resource in the areas of your state that your organization serves.
A reflective report on LISC creative placemaking projects in four cities shows how community development intertwined with arts and culture can uplift neighborhoods, and bring excitement, income, pride and inspiration to the people involved.
An arts-led strategy to enliven the Penn Avenue corridor in Pittsburgh's East End has catalyzed an incremental and organic change. Artists, arts-organizations and new businesses, including a range of nonprofits, have taken up residence, signaling the emergence of a vital and economically diverse district.
A new report from LISC’s Creative Placemaking team looks at how our investments in artists, art-related businesses and cultural organizations have fueled economic development in surrounding communities. An investigation into six programs, in places ranging from rural Louisiana to New Haven, Connecticut, reveal that arts and culture can form a critical strand in a comprehensive economic strategy and strengthen the social fabric and dynamism of a community at the same time.
LISC has outlined a comprehensive set of policy proposals spanning 11 different federal agencies—all focused on helping families build a strong future, while supporting robust economic growth. This is work that cannot wait. It is critical to our national economy, as well as to the outlook for tens of millions of American families.