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Helping Communities Work (HCW) is an asset-based community development strategy initially focused on community schools in California and designed to recognize and celebrate diversity and entrepreneurship as central community assets and catalysts for change. The process incorporates a plan to develop teacher, journalism, banking and other apprenticeships, which will function collaboratively to advance the enterprise. Solutions journalism, media arts and product management are central to a story telling process designed to support the community school movement across the United States.
HCW breaks down the silos that impede societal innovation and creates collaborative environments for leaders who represent community schools, philanthropic organizations, local newsrooms, community banks, local governments and others. The objective is to better position these diverse entities to align and co-achieve their interrelated social, economic and environmental goals and objectives.
HCW incorporates a holistic education, training and staffing strategy within a high-speed broadband expansion plan. The human capital and workforce development components initially focus on cross-industry digital media occupations. HCW promotes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, adapted in 2015 by all Member States of the United Nations. The process aligns enterprise capital and cash deposits, which are utilzed to catalyze a nonprofit capacity-building initiative. https://sdgs.un.org/goals/ - https://www.epfc.com/
HCW is also exploring the potential to leverage American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, which provides a unique opportunity for state and local governments to make innovative strategic investments. RPA allocated $350 billion directly to states, counties and municipalities to be used for a range of purposes. Funding must be obligated by the end of calendar year 2024 and expended by the end of year 2026.
HCW aligns public, private and philanthropic support (see links below) to cultivate a fertile landscape for community reinvestment and place-based impact investing, including foreign direct investment between the United States and its global partners in the UK, Switzerland and Australia. http://www.enterprisecapital.info - https://www.epfc.com/