To demonstrate an innovative approach to city government procurement that could generate substantial cost-savings for cities, create greater transparency and accountability in the procurement process, match the needs in the community with the best available solutions, and create a clearer model for citizen engagement and open up cities to local social and urban entrepreneurship.
To support and help shape the agenda of the 2014 National Day of Civic Hacking.
To expand the Jane's Walk program into Knight resident communities and develop a model and set of resources for expansion into other cities across the U.S.
To support various creative placemaking activities, facilitated by Hunter Franks, that will inspire robust engagement and change perceptions of place in Knight communities.
To fund Team Better Block activities, which trains local leaders to improve their neighborhood through participatory placemaking in three Knight Foundation Communities; Akron, Macon and Philadelphia.
To continue work by Hunter Franks that began last year, supporting public art and creative placemaking projects that contribute to city vibrancy.
To accelerate the institute's small loan lending and technical assistance programs within the city to support entrepreneurs and neighborhood businesses.
For construction of trails, including the park's first mountain biking trail.
To create a multiuse space at the library to support emerging entrepreneurs, maker activities, digital media creation and community meetings
To restore a baggage car to expand the Bike Aboard program at Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway.
To support a planning process to increase public use of the Ohio Erie Canalway (towpath trail) in downtown Akron; the process will be led by the design firm Alta and engage the public in building ideas.
To include Knight-community libraries in the creation of a national digital library network