Vision for a Progressive 'Ownership Society'
"There are...sophisticated and highly developed community-benefitting ownership strategies available at the local level. For instance, some 4,000 to 6,000 nonprofit neighborhood corporations now regularly invest inand ownhousing and businesses and provide other services on behalf of communities throughout the United States. In Newark, N.J., one such corporationNew Communities, Inc.generates $50 million in economic activity each year, employs more than 1,600 people and uses its ownership position to leverage other community services.
"Still another strategy operating just below the level of media concern involves cities becoming owners of productive and profitable enterprises which make money, produce new revenues and help the local economy in a variety of other ways. Enterprises range from hotels and large-scale city-owned real estate projects (especially in connection with transit development) to cable television, Internet and other services. And, of course, there are some 2,000 public utilities operating at the local level. Many efforts have proven so effective that even Republican mayors have begun to back new municipal enterprise strategies."
Thanks to Michael Dudley