For the last few years I have been doing pro bono work for needy communities. I usually help one or two places each year with projects that are not overly-large. For example:
- a strategic development plan for a small rural downtown
- an organizational assessment and recommendations for an urban economic development group
- an arts-based market assessment for a tourist downtown
- a market analysis and retail recruitment plan for a struggling county seat
I'll usually make a single visit, then return to the office to write up a project report. These are often used to support requests for grant funding.
In the past I have been led to these communities by some of the organizations I am in, but so far nothing has turned up this year. Besides, the folks here at Cyburbia are probably more aware of opportunities anyway. So share your thoughts with me.
Here are a few preferences:
- I tend to prefer small communities, or projects targeting a neighborhood in a larger community.
- Project outcomes should be well-defined with a narrow scope.
- The community should have a financial need. Maybe it experienced a disaster (Katrina was the impetus for my doing this) or it lacks resources to get professional help elsewhere.
- Location is possibly an issue. If the community can cover travel costs it would be appreciated. Otherwise, a location between Wisconsin and Colorado may work, since I often travel between them.
- My expertise lies in the area of economic development (market analysis, targeting studies, economic development planning, downtown revitalization, redevelopment, tourism, etc.).
Any thoughts on who/where/why would be welcome.