Cultivating 1000 small developers with cities that support them.

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There's work to be done.

We are a not-for-profit Alliance of practitioners who train small developers, helping citizens strengthen their own neighborhoods and helping city champions get the kind of development their community wants.

Strong places are built at the speed of trust from the bottom up, and today's cities need systems to support that incremental development. It's messy, slow, and difficult work but we know this is how great places come to be.

That leaves us with a challenge: to build the capacity for locals to invest in their own neighborhoods, and to help institutions encourage that small scale development. We do both.

For aspiring developers, we offer training classes to help people take the first steps toward their small scale real estate development projects.

For city champions, we help identify where policies and practices are becoming unnecessary barriers and partner with local organizations to pilot projects that support small development in a targeted area.

 
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And it's work that matters.

Read more about our Alliance.

We love where we live. The many hands of our Alliance call different places home, from the Southeast to Mountain West, but we are deeply connected to the places where we live. And when you love a place, you improve it.

We believe in the power of pulling up our sleeves, working with our neighbors, and trying to build a place so worthy of admiration you could write a song about it. We also believe in the power of small. We have seen that it takes only a few inspired people to create a contagious sense of hope and excitement.

A single storefront can transform a street. A lovable building can lift a whole neighborhood. We have seen this and know that no hero is coming to build our places to their potential. We must do it ourselves.

We’re going to talk about how to do this incrementally. If you had nothing today, what could you do in your neighborhood?
— Monte Anderson, Senior Faculty
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Through many disciplines, our Alliance outfits neighborhoods across this continent with buildings that work. Our benchmark for a working building is one flexible, lovable, and financially sound enough to give back for generations. A working building benefits the owners, tenants, and the neighborhood by providing a financial return, quality space, and a charming presence. Small developers are perfectly positioned to deliver quality, working buildings at a neighborhood scale and our Alliance exists to help in that process. This all comes together in our work on the ground.

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I want to make something happen in my place.

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