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Columbia’s CCP: A Case Study

funding had not happened? Columbia’s officials, recalling their Enterprise experience, indicated that they intended to attempt to pursue its goals, whether it was funded or not. That is, they already viewed themselves as in- volved in the pursuit of neighborhood goals—goals which were already part of Columbia’s strategic vision for the future. Nevertheless, especially because it came on the heels of Enterprise funding planning, some Columbians sug- gested that, “CCP let us move to another level,” one where there were more neighborhoods involved, a broader agenda, and more agency players. In sum, the Columbia CCP effort was narrowly tailored to fit Columbia’s agenda for neighborhoods. CCP funds were used to further an extant agenda and to lev- erage traditional social agencies. The leveraging was dual: it brought agen- cies to the “community table” (and involved them in neighborhood and com- munity processes in new ways) and “purchased” new programs with the hope that agencies would incorporate these new efforts into their core function.

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