Economic empowerment is more than economics
At Recovery and Relief Services, we believe that economic empowerment is more than just writing business plans and attracting employers. It's also about creating an environment for developing opportunities and realizing human potential. This involves an integrated approach of capacity building through training and direct support, increasing access to alternative sources of capital, and preserving the continuity of places that people call home. In cities, gentrification is putting continual pressure on the small businesses and existing employers that maintain neighborhood communities, so we take an active roll in supporting community control of urban change. In rural areas, conflicting demands for water, land, and other natural resources is forcing local industries to change course and reinvent themselves, so we support innovative planning and investment strategies. In either context, we bring triple-bottom-line approaches that ensure sustainability and social equity complement economic development.