By: Don Macke, e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
Community Capacity Building
Building Blocks for Community Development Success
If you have spent any time with our e2 resources you know we constantly make a point that in America, unlike most other developed countries in the world, each community is primarily responsible for its own development and prosperity. It does not matter if the community is New York City with millions of residents or my childhood hometown of Mullen, Nebraska (population 463 in 2018), each must undertake the all-important work of community economic development.
Within our Rural Community Prosperity Development Frameworkthe importance of Community Capacity Buildingis foundational. Unless you have sufficient capacity, undertaking economic development is not going to be enough to empower your community’s prosperity. We offer our newest thought paper, Community Capacity Building, Shaping the Future of Hometowns, to help your community undertake capacity building efforts that lead to successful economic development game plans.
NetWork Kansas is the home for e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, which is led by Don Macke, who has more than 40 years of community economic development and policy experience. The partnership between NetWork Kansas and e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems provides a platform to offer learning institutes, a consulting network, analytics support and mentoring to benefit the entrepreneurs, small businesses, resource partners and communities in Kansas as well as nationally.