Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Innovative Community-Led Development Strategies for the City of Madison

The City of Madison hopes to assist with the stabilization of the Allied Dunn's Marsh neighborhood, which has approximately 2,100 residents. It outlined two goals: an increase in business ownership and employment of neighborhood residents and the fostering of wealth accumulation within the community – with special emphasis on low-income residents and residents of color. This report describes and analyzes community economic development mechanisms intended to satisfy these goals. It also provides an implementation guide to inform the design and establishment of an optimal community development project. To build on the energy that already exists in the community, the guide includes tools for community development planning and a timeline for action steps to be taken in the short, medium, and long term.

Policy Brief

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Workshop in Public Affairs, PA 869, taught by Rourke O'Brien in Spring 2017
  • Author(s): Brenda Gellner, Elizabeth Miller, Samuel Rebenstorf, Mitchell Running
  • Client Name: City of Madison Economic Development Division