The Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative, a network of various Bronx community groups, has four main components underway; the Innovation Factory, to develop new production and innovation capacity with digital manufacturing technology. The BronXchange, to get major local institutions such as Fordham University and Montefiore Medical Center to purchase from locally-owned businesses. The Economic Democracy Learning Center, to educate community leaders about “how we develop an economy with shared wealth.” And the Policy and Planning Lab, to seek ways to create “development without displacement,” by both “fighting back” and “fighting forward,” and giving a voice to Bronx residents excluded from the city-planning process by government and real-estate interests.
The organization Bronx Cooperative Development was shortlisted for the Transformative Cities People’s Choice Award 2019.
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