Reference Center

Promoting Your Downtown as the Center of Community Life
Interested in learning more about strategies and ideas for promoting your downtown as the center of community life? The following organizations and resources provide a host of innovative solutions and inspiring ideas:


Outstanding Sites featuring Community Life Concepts


Public Art Funding Resources

sample artists/public art program:


Community Reading Programs

sample programs:


Outdoor Activities to Bring to Your Downtown



Third Places


Community Volunteer Programs

  • Amizade
    Leads international service learning experiences for groups and communities
  • Bread for the Journey
    Start your own group of local citizen philanthropists
  • Kaboom!
    Works with community volunteers to create community playgrounds
  • Pittsburgh Cares
    Offers volunteer opportunities for groups in the Pittsburgh area
  • Sister Cities International
    Develops partnerships between US and international communities