To attract and retain talent, expand opportunity and build civic engagement by funding the creation and operation of the Better Block Foundation, a nonprofit focused on engaging people in rapidly making their neighborhoods more vibrant.
To increase civic engagement in Akron by enhancing the historical Towpath Trail as the civic, recreational and transportation spine for the city.
To create the Knight Akron Dance Fund, to support artistic excellence and innovation in dance through the establishment of a national center for choreography located on the University of Akron campus.
To introduce educators in Knight communities to action civics through the Mikva Challenge's 'New Civics Practitioners Conference' in June 2015.
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 continue work by Team Better Block in Akron, engaging leaders, residents and recent immigrants to improve their neighborhoods through immediate redevelopment and placemaking projects
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