Mayors' Institute on City Design

Community and National Initiatives

Focused on 26 cities where the Knight brothers once published newspapers, the Knight Foundation offers funding and assistance to help cities become more equitable, inclusive and participatory. The Community and National Initiatives program funds projects that boost the civic assets of communities, aiming to:

“Attract and nurture talent: by supporting and networking diverse leaders from all sectors. Enhance opportunity: by building inclusive pathways to economic prosperity. Foster civic engagement: by enabling people to contribute to – and take an active part in – the life of their community.”

The Knight Foundation works with the following communties: Akron, OH; Charlotte, NC; Detroit, MI; Macon, GA; Miami, FL; Philadelphia, PA; San Jose, CA; St. Paul, MN; Aberdeen, SD; Biloxi, MS; Boulder, CO; Bradenton, FL; Columbia, SC; Columbus, GA; Duluth, MN; Ft. Wayne, IN; Gary, IN; Grand Forks, ND; Lexington, KY; Long Beach, CA; Milledgeville, GA; Myrtle Beach, SC; Palm Beach County, FL; State College, PA; Tallahassee, FL; and Wichita, KS.

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(Photo: The Better Block project in Akron, OH. Tim Fitzwater, Fitzwater Photography)


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