In 2001, The McConnell Foundation sponsored the work of The North State Institute for Sustainable Communities and more than 100 civic leaders and technical advisors to assess Vital Signs: A Report on the Quality of Life in Shasta and Tehama Counties, examining economy, individual well-being, nature, and society.
In 2016, The McConnell Foundation board engaged in a strategic planning process and determined Community Vitality as a specific focus area, with downtown Redding revitalization as the primary focus.
Positive change takes time, and The McConnell Foundation knows this. Therefore, 2017 began a 10-year commitment to Community Vitality. The McConnell Foundation intends to be involved in this work—both grantmaking and investments–until at least 2027.
“[A city consists of the] relationships between the measurements of its space and the events of its past.” –Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities