This brief identifies seven platforms commonly used in place-based development efforts to help further the theory of change for such initiatives. Some platforms are more conducive to meeting certain desired outcomes than others. An initiative may adopt strategies or approaches that involve more than one platform, although an initiative rarely incorporates several given coordination and cost constraints. The seven platforms for community revitalization are
- public and assisted housing;
- public schools;
- educational and medical anchor institutions;
- real estate for residential, commercial, and community facilities;
- small-business development, contracting, and access to financing;
- resident services; and
- community engagement and mobilization.