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Engaging Community, Employers, and Influencers

NCUS community engagement model utilizes a unique approach to connect and engage with urban communities. We offer community oriented culturally informed research, analysis and strategic recommendations to policy makers, businesses leaders, philanthropic organizations, nonprofits, governmental and non-governmental institutions who have a desire to engage, impact and influence people living in blighted low-income urban communities. Businesses and organizations have adopted this proven NCUS community benefit model to develop economic development initiatives, implement workforce development programs, and to recruit untapped talent through intensive community engagement.

  • Face to face approach
  • Door to door campaign
  • Digital, print, media
  • Host recruitment events
  • National presence
  • Brand awareness
  • Community engagement
  • Diversity recruiting
  • Politcal empowerment
  • The Ohio State University
  • PACT
  • LBrands
  • Turner Construction
  • Belfor Prop. Restoration
  • CB Richard Ellis
  • Engineered Profiles
  • SK Food Group


The Urban Poverty Solution

To develop and advance more culturally informed public policy to move investment in blighted low income urban communities from the social service context and the charity assumption, to an economic development context and an empowerment assumption. Only then can we make accessible to low/no income families’ real opportunities for socioeconomic self-sufficiency and to empower them to liberate themselves from the cycle of generational poverty. We have to recognize that this type of strategic investment in people is both the solution to the problem of generational poverty in urban communities; and a way to grow a productive local and national economy

Executive Summary: Two years ago, The Ohio State University, City of Columbus and the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) embarked on a transformational community development initiative for a large part of the City’s Near East Side. In an area of over 800 acres—which is roughly equivalent to that of Downtown Columbus—these three organizations promised to develop a revitalization plan that was based on the community’s collective vision with achievable strategies and clearly identified implementation actions. Together, they formed the planning organization Partners Achieving Community Transformation, or PACT.

“When it comes to engaging the community, NCUS model is highly effective, results driven, and second to none.”

-PACT Safety Director, David Cofer