The coronavirus crisis has hit our communities suddenly and intensely. And by forcing people to retreat to their homes indefinitely, it has put up significant barriers to both economic activity and collaboration. Yet despite the barriers, and despite the enormity of the challenge that the coronavirus presents to community economics in the weeks and months and years ahead, community capitalists are stepping up and doing their part to support each other and their communities in amazing ways.
In recent decades, community capital innovators have succeeded in reforming regulations and building the foundation for a more democratic and inclusive economy. Their shared vision of a more just, more collaborative, and more equitably prosperous future brought them together. They exchanged ideas, they learned from one another, they launched projects together, and they wound up creating opportunities for millions of people to start participating in exciting new ways in revitalizing Main Streets across America.