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Alliance to Develop Power (ADP) has built a grassroots “Community Economy” that creates living wage jobs for its members. ADP started 21 years ago with the preservation of affordable housing. Today, 770 of these units are still maintained as ADP tenant-run housing.

United for Hire, an ADP Community Economy innovation, was formed ten years ago out of the community of tenants in ADP’s affordable housing. Tenants asked one simple question: “why should we pay an outside contractor to mow our lawn -– when we can just pay ourselves to do it?”

United for Hire is a worker controlled/community owned business, employing over 20 people in living wage jobs -– while providing landscaping, snow removal, painting, tiling and construction to affordable housing projects. ADP’s base of assets injects more than $20 million a year into the regional economy. Replication of this model could bring this number up to a quarter of a billion in wages and benefits in other regions by 2014.

Blog Entries by Alliance to Develop Power

What Is a Community Economy?

(1) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 5:44 PM

The Alliance to Develop Power has invited our closest allies to help us get the word out about our participation in the JobRaising Challenge. We've asked them to share stories of their work with us, explaining how our joint efforts tackle some of the most intractable problems in...

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Energy Efficiency in the New Economy

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 12:50 PM

The Alliance to Develop Power has invited our closest allies to help us get the word out about our participation in the JobRaising Challenge. We've asked them to share stories of their work with us, explaining how our joint efforts tackle some of the most intractable problems in...

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Organizing for a New Economy

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 9:58 AM

Tim Fisk, Executive Director
Alliance to Develop Power

The Alliance to Develop Power has created an innovative model for transformation based on the idea that a sustainable economy works when people have power over decisions that affect their lives. What makes ADP different from other community organizations...

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Economic Recovery Starts at Home

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 2:13 PM

The Alliance to Develop Power has invited our closest allies to help us get the word out about our participation in the JobRaising Challenge. We've asked them to share stories of their work with us, explaining how our joint efforts tackle some of the most intractable problems in...

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Fund It, Fix It, Make It Fair: Public Transit in the New Economy

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 6:31 PM

The Alliance to Develop Power has invited our closest allies to help us get the word out about our participation in the JobRaising Challenge. We've asked them to share stories of their work with us, explaining how our joint efforts tackle some of the most intractable problems...

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Innovation in the New Grassroots Economy

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 9:00 AM

On winter mornings at Alliance to Develop Power (ADP) unusual noises that tell you this is not just any nonprofit. You can hear engines warming up, laborers chatting and sipping coffee in the crisp morning air. They are planning another day's work servicing hundreds of units of affordable housing in...

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