Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. 

Knight Foundation is funding a year-long Strong Towns engagement in Akron, Ohio. Read more about it here.

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Arete Scholars

Arete Scholars

Arete Scholars exists to help economically disadvantaged children reach their highest potential through educational opportunity. Through private contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, Arete awards need-based K-12 scholarships and empowers parents to place their children in schools that best suit their unique gifts and learning needs.

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Cartegraph

Cartegraph

Cartegraph creates software for forward-thinking cities, towns, and agencies — including Cartegraph AMS, new for 2017. Best explained as “asset management in your pocket,” Cartegraph AMS empowers you to capture and track key infrastructure assets via mobile phone. This product is part of Cartegraph’s ongoing mission to help cities of all sizes replace legacy systems and become more efficient.

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Kilbourne Group

Kilbourne Group

At Kilbourne Group, we are redevelopers, realtors, designers and investors passionate about and dedicated to a community that thrives in the Great Plains. But more so, we are citizens of Fargo, working to make our home one of the world’s most vibrant communities.

Both history and economics hold that a city’s downtown is the source of its vitality and strength. That’s why we aim to breathe new energy into, and expand, our downtown residential, commercial, and retail spaces, and the spaces in between. Through historic renovation and urban infill projects that create spaces for residents and visitors to walk, bike, live, work, play, shop, learn, explore and create, we contribute to the health and well-being of the entire metro region.

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Orton Family Foundation

Orton Family Foundation

With its Community Heart & Soul™ method, the Orton Family Foundation empowers people to shape the future of their communities by improving local decision-making, creating a shared sense of belonging and ultimately strengthening the social, cultural and economic vibrancy of communities. Community Heart & Soul does this by assisting the residents of small cities and towns in making plans and taking action based on what matters most to residents and upholds the unique character of each place. 

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Urban3

Urban3

Urban3 is a private consulting firm specializing in land value economics, property and retail tax analysis and community design. Urban3 helps communities make better decisions through the understanding of data and design. They provide a uniquely comprehensive examination of the fiscal health of your community by combining local development history, the implications of policy, and their experience with different finance systems around the world. Urban3 examines differential patterns of development down to the level of individual parcels, but at the scale of your entire community. Beyond analysis, what makes Urban3 distinctive is their ability to visualize and communicate the story of your community's data, highlighting the significant issues and trends using your tax assessment and often retail sales data. Urban3’s method simplifies complex information to include everyone in real conversations about community growth.

Urban3 seeks to empower its clients with the ability to promote development patterns that secure the community's fiscal condition while reinforcing a stronger sense of place. The company name acknowledges that cities and towns are a "cubed" or 3-dimensional representation of space. This space, created by the built environment, is the basis of urban design. Urban3 strives to provide a deeper understanding of this environment by measuring data and visualizing its results.

In addition to financially supporting Strong Towns, Urban3 collaborates with Strong Towns on many tax analysis and data visualization projects as well as events around the country. See Urban3's work on the Strong Towns website.

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