Leveraging Our Anchor: Connecting a Health System’s Purchases to Local Suppliers

A story from The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (WV). Situated in the mountains of West Virginia, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) serves a six-county region that includes Charleston, the state’s capital. Like much of Appalachia, the region’s economy was built primarily on coal-mining and manufacturing—industries that, in recent decades, have seen a significant decline. But […]

New Orleans Works: Equipping and Matching Job Seekers with the Health Care Jobs in Demand

When you think of New Orleans’s economy, you might think of tourism, oil and gas, logistics. But like many places in the United States, there is a large and growing healthcare industry that is in desperate need of trained employees. The Greater New Orleans Foundation sees the growth of healthcare as an important opportunity for […]

Atlanta Lettuce Works: Growing In-Demand Greens, Jobs and Businesses Right in the Neighborhood

A story from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (GA). After learning that area hospitals and colleges were buying 90% of their lettuce out of state, CFGA initiated Atlanta Lettuce Works – a greenhouse co-op in downtown Atlanta that will grow hydroponic lettuce and employ 40 resident-owners from poor neighborhoods in sustainable living wage jobs. Presented […]