Does Your City Need Rapid Progress? Our Accelerator program is for places (not for individuals).
It’s the quick way to achieve a critical mass of local Revitalization & Resilience Facilitators.
Why do $100,000 comprehensive plans and $100 million redevelopment projects often fail to revitalize cities?
Two common reasons: 1) insufficient local renewal capacity, and 2) lack of a strategic renewal process.
Fix both problems faster: get 10 public & private leaders enrolled for RRFac certification simultaneously.
“The Accelerator program is how a city or region proves to residents, employers, and real estate investors
that local leaders are serious about economic recovery, neighborhood revitalization and resilience.“
– Earick Allen, Executive Director at Urban Entrepreneurs Institute (and currently enrolled for RRFac certification)
You can accomplish all of that in just 5 minutes with our Accelerator program. Do it as a government, business or non-profit leader...or as a concerned citizen.
PROBLEM: Most public and private community leaders have no training in recovery, revitalization or resilience.
SOLUTION: So, having just one certified Revitalization & Resilience Facilitator locally will help ensure that recovery happens.
BUT…having multiple Facilitators in public and private leadership is the key to making that recovery happen quickly.
The Accelerator program speeds that “tipping point” by certifying many folks, thus creating a critical mass of expertise.
You don’t want to become a certified Revitalization & Resilience Facilitator (RRFac) yourself? No problem.
You can still help revitalize your community: help others get certified by paying their tuition via Accelerator scholarships.
You can do that for 10 or more people in the 5 minutes it takes you to read this page, and to click the button at the bottom.
OR…use one of the credits to get yourself certified at half price, and give the remaining 9 credits to your fellow local leaders.
These scholarships are usually paid for by a mayor’s office or local government agency. But in this economic crisis,
public budgets struggle just to provide basic services. Private citizens must often come to the rescue.
So, you don’t need to be an official local leader to provide these scholarships via the Accelerator program.
Accelerate your local recovery by helping
government, non-profit, academic & citizen
leaders get RRFac certified.
We’ll help by chopping the tuition in half for you.
With just $1490, you can quickly and easily underwrite the tuition
for ten certified Revitalization & Resilience Facilitators (RRFac).
The normal tuition is $299. But the Accelerator program reduces that by 50%—to just $149—saving you $150 on each scholarship.
The “catch” is that you must sponsor a minimum of 10 people.
The Accelerator program comes in units of 10 for just $1490/unit.
Get as many scholarship units as your community or region warrants.
Getting a critical mass of leaders on the same page is key to returning vitality to empty downtowns, factories, etc.
About 90% of recovery, resilience and revitalization initiatives fail. The factors contributing to failure are many, but the 3 most common are:
1) Lack of a strategic process to plan, design, fund and implement it;
2) Insufficient public support; and
3) Leaders and funding stuck in isolated solos, pulling in different directions while seldom focusing on renewing the place as a whole.
Having Facilitators in multiple agencies helps dissolve silos. The people you sponsor can be anyone who contributes in any way to improving your community or region: local government employees, volunteers, social entrepreneurs, etc. You can also include it in your employee training program, if you run a company or non-profit.
Besides improving local recovery, revitalization or resilience efforts, having at least ten Facilitators in your area qualifies it to be listed in our annual Rising Places report (inaugural report in 2023) . This will help attract residents, employers and real estate investors.
HOW IT WORKS
You, as the sponsor—such as a mayor, agency, entrepreneur or philanthropist—simply pay the tuition in advance for the number of local folks you wish to have certified (in multiples of 10). You don’t need to know who they are in advance. The scholarships never expire, so there’s no time pressure to let folks know they are available.
Within one business day of your enrolling in the Accelerator program, we will email you a coupon code (all of your recipients use the same code). The designated number of individuals can then use it to enroll in the complete RRFac program free of charge.
You simply share that code to the people you wish to sponsor, and your work is done. The recipients can be all in one community, one nation, one organization…or they can be spread all over the planet.
CAN’T AFFORD THE ACCELERATOR PROGRAM? Is your village, tribe, region or non-profit impoverished, and simply can’t afford $1490?
If that’s the case, use this coupon code on the enrollment form: ACCEL-500. It will give you a $500 credit, reducing your enrollment to just $990.
Use of this coupon is on the honor system (no questions are asked): we’re happy to provide it, but please use it only if you really need to.
HOW YOU WILL IMPROVE YOUR LOCAL FUTURE
Now, in the economic aftermath of COVID-19 shutdowns, the normal rates of failure and inefficiency are intolerable in local recovery efforts. Billions will be spent to re-start economies, much of it on urban redevelopment and infrastructure renewal projects.
But few communities know the process than can double or triple the ROI (revitalization on investment) of those investments. The easiest, least inexpensive path to a lasting solution to these challenges is to get many of those siloed leaders to become certified Revitalization & Resilience Facilitators™ (RRFac).
The presence of RRFac-certified professionals in multiple agencies—as well as in local non-profits, foundations and corporation—helps address two dysfunctions found in most communities and regions:
- “perpetual planning syndrome,” whereby plans are endlessly written and updated, but never effectively funded and implemented, and
- “project mindset”, whereby vast amounts are spent on individual redevelopment projects, but community revitalization never manifests because there’s no ongoing program to capture momentum and inspire confidence on the local future (which is essential to attract residents, employers and investment).
The two surprising paradoxes of recovery, revitalization and resilience.
One of the core text books of the RRFac training program, RECONOMICS, is critical of mayors’ fondness for trying to “buy” a new future for their city. The problem isn’t in the check-writing, however, but in what is purchased. Wasted expenditures generally fall into one of these three categories:
- Expensive, “silver bullet” projects that garner much publicity, but often turn into white elephants;
- Comprehensive plans that are never implemented, but which look good at press conferences; and
- Feel-good reports that emphasize the city’s strengths, minimize its weaknesses, ignore its threats and fail to identify viable opportunities.
Instead, cities should purchase increased renewal capacity. The Accelerator program thus creates two attractive paradoxes: 1) the shortest path to resilient prosperity has the longest-term benefits, and 2) the smallest investment is the one with the largest potential payback .