Through the initiative, Albuquerque, New Orleans, San Antonio, San Francisco, and Seattle/King County will each receive a $100,000 grant and participate in a one-year planning process. Following the process, a number of the cities will be invited to become fully participating sites and receive additional grants and loans. Cities selected to participate in the initiative will be expected to generate learnings about how large-scale change happens, especially when it is fueled by new approaches involving different sectors working together, deploying private capital for public purposes, and harnessing public sector resources and influence for maximum impact.
Over the next three years, existing efforts in Baltimore, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Newark, New Jersey, so will be awarded additional funding.
"Cities across the country have different historical contexts and face different realities in terms of tackling seemingly intractable challenges like growing economic inequality," said Integration Initiative director Brian Reilly. "Expanding to new sites will deepen our understanding of how change happens in different geographies."