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Common Ground Collaborative

Creating economically and environmentally resilient communities

Many communities are struggling to survive, let alone thrive, because they lack a voice in the decisions that affect them or resources to implement positive change. The Common Ground collaborative strives to break down silos between community economic development and conservation sectors at a time when the need for housing, workforce development, natural resource conservation, and environmental justice is absolutely critical.

CTNC is committed to establishing projects and programs that are determined alongside our community partners so we can ensure all people share in the benefits of healthy lands. If our vision for a just, resilient future is to be acheived, we can't limit our work to one sector or one organization. The Common Ground Collaborative is made possible by a joint partnership among Conservation Trust for North Carolina, The Conservation Fund, the NC Community Development Initiative.

We are guided by these principles:

  • Breaking down silos between community economic development and conservation
  • Bringing together people and resources from federal, state, and local government; the public and private sectors; and policy and direct service work
  • Engaging communities as decision makers
  • Honoring the deep histories of race in North Carolina communities
  • Informing the conversation on (facilitating) long-term resilience planning

Together, as leaders in conservation and community economic development, we are building a new model for creating economically and environmentally resilient communities ready to weather any storm.