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Economic/Community Development

Museums and libraries are community anchors that drive economic and community development.

Partnership: Building Sustainable Communities
IMLS is partnering with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to better understand how museums and libraries are working to support comprehensive community revitalization. Through this partnership, IMLS will analyze existing cases and report back on best practices and strategies for successful museum-library and community collaborations fostering revitalization.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen economic/community development (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

Economic/community development content on the IMLS Web site:
Blog Post: A Place for Literacy Volunteerism at the Library and Museum

April 2, 2014 02:18 PM
Director Hildreth recognizes volunteer efforts in museums and libraries in honor of National Volunteer Week. Read More

 
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Blog Post: NTIA Brings Broadband Opportunities to Alaska

March 14, 2014 01:05 PM
The Alaska State Library worked with the National Telecommunications & Information Administration to establish public computer centers at 97 public libraries across the state, and provide online technology training. Read More

 
Map showing rural, town, suburban and city locales in the United States. FY 2012
Blog Post: What’s so Rural ‘bout Rural Libraries, Anyway?

November 27, 2013 09:39 AM
IMLS Statistician Justin Grimes explores what it means to live in a rural area and the impact that public libraries can play make in rural communities. Read More

 
Blog Post: IMLS and Partners Present Financial Education and Citizenship Webinars


IMLS is partnering with CFPB and USCIS to create new resources and tools for public libraries. Two webinars will be presented in December. Read More

 
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Blog Post: New Financial Education Webinar for Libraries

November 19, 2013 03:44 PM
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and IMLS invite public libraries to join us for a webinar Wednesday, December 4 from 3:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m. ET. Read More