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Industry Resources

As the local site of a national organization, Greater Kansas City LISC has access to a wealth of information that can help move the community development industry as a whole forward.  

Local Industry Websites
Greater Kansas City LISC also maintains a list of web sites for organizations and information on the community development industry. Contact us if your organization would like to be listed.

Experts Online Webcasts
LISC's disseminates technical assistance and best practices through Experts Online webcasts. These webcasts are online interactive forums for discussion among industry experts, as well as national and local practitioners.  LISC provides these webcasts free of charge as a support and training service to community development practitioners nationwide.  Many of these webcasts are archived and its materials are made available for download for on- and offline viewing.  Click here to access, browse and search the archive of Experts Online webcasts.

Industry Publications
National LISC produces Case Studies, Guidebooks, Topical Reports, Research and Conference Papers, and Trade Articles that provide practical ideas as well as celebrate the success of the field. Below are a few examples of these publications available in PDF format.  To open the file, please double click on the publication title. You may then read, print and/or save the document to your computer.

Next-Generation Community Revitalization:  A Work in Progress (January 2012) A new wave of community revitalization efforts designed to break the cycle of poverty and invigorate distressed communities is gaining momentum. This Bridgespan Group report takes a detailed look at the significant barriers these networks, and others like them, face and suggests useful next steps that can help them sustain the momentum while strengthening the field as a whole.


Community Information Toolkit: A Guide to Building Stronger Communities Through Information Exchange (March 2011) offers guidance and tools such as templates, checklists, and scorecards for assessing and improving community information systems — media, libraries, online government information, forums, and broadband access — to support civic participation.


Creating Local Online Hubs: Three Models for Action (February 2011) outlines current models of local online information hubs, core elements, requirements for realizing Knight's 2009 recommendation that every local community have a high-quality hub, and suggestions for governments, local stakeholders, and foundations.


Going Comprehensive (May 2007) Two expert practitioners, Anita Miller and Tom Burns, have written a guidebook on comprehensive community development, in particular examining the Comprehensive Community Revitalization Program (CCRP) that produced one of America’s most remarkable urban turnaround stories, that of New York’s once-stricken South Bronx.


Commercial Revitalization Guide (November 2006) The Guide is filled with detailed direction that will provide practitioners with a starting point for strategic, comprehensive planning. It takes the reader through each stage of revitalization from planning, research, and visioning to understanding the potential of the community, analyzing the business mix, marketing the assets, and implementing the work plan. The planning guide also provides a set of practical tools to assist in implementation.


Greening Early Childhood Centers (December 2010) The latest report in a series of educational materials by national LISC’s Community Investment Collaborative for Kids (CICK), detailing environmentally-sound building design and facility management practices tailored specifically to the needs of this sector.

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New Approaches to Comprehensive Community Change: Replicating and Adapting LISC's Sustainable Communities Program (May 2010) A detailed report on the Building Sustainable Communities initiative and how it creates a systemic framework for developing cohesive plans, leveraging new funds and implementing projects and programs that help raise standards of living among low-income residents and fuel sustainable, positive change in their communities.


Charter School Facility Financial Landscape (June 2010) The latest update on the state of charter school facility financing issues and opportunities by the Educational Facilities Financing Center at national LISC.


Building Sustainable Communities: Profile of Three Communities (August 2009) An excellent guide to LISC’s national Building Sustainable Communities initiative, a recent progress report and profiles of three very different cities: Washington DC, Chicago and Indianapolis.


Getting Started with Green Preservation (June 2009) A report by national LISC that introduces the issues and resources for greening existing affordable housing.

Click here to access a more comprehensive list of industry publications.