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Capital is a tool to advance a larger strategic vision for community development, however, targeted and intentional planning is required to prevent the displacement of long-term community members and ensure the needs of vulnerable residents are addressed. Equitable development plans ensure equity and inclusion are core principles in the planning process and proposed strategies reflect community priorities that safeguard local culture and affordability.

This webinar, supported by JPMorgan Chase, featured profiles of three Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) who completed planning processes rooted in equity to ensure capital reaches the most vulnerable communities and achieves the greatest impact. 

  • Baton Rouge explored the need to root efforts in historical context, 
  • Dallas shared how community based participatory research can be utilized, and 
  • South Florida discussed how incorporating disaster resiliency strategies can promote equitable outcomes. 

The speakers shared challenges involved in preparing equitable development plans and how they overcame those challenges to empower residents and lay a solid foundation for future investment.


  •  Chloe Greene, Abt Global


  • Christopher Tyson, CEO, Build Baton Rouge (email)
  • Linda McMahon, President and CEO, The Real Estate Council (email)
  • Mandy Bartle, Executive Director, South Florida Community Land Trust (email)

Watch the Video:


  • The Real Estate Council Community Fund (pdf)
  • South Florida Community Land Trust (pdf)
  • Re-Imagining Baton Rouge’s Plank Road (pdf)

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