In 2006, we began a collaboration with faculty and staff at the G.W. Carver Agricultural Experiment Station at Tuskegee University to develop state and regional asset-building coalitions in the southern Black Belt region. Our goals have been to build capacity for an inclusive statewide and regional asset-building coalition in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi using Historically Black Colleges and Universities as partners. Central to the vision of the project was raising awareness to strengthen asset-building strategies in the region. The project has disseminated information about such asset-development initiatives as financial literacy and education programs, access to banking, Individual Development Account programs, land loss and ownership, pre- and post-hurricane recovery strategies, new strategies to deliver asset-building programs, policy, and research initiatives, and new approaches to develop partnerships and collaborations.
Funding Partners: Ford Foundation