At the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, we understand the critical role of the private sector in creating vibrant communities. From community engagement to providing jobs—the strength of a locale and its people is directly tied to the strength of private sector investments. A recent study by the Economic Innovation Group found that most economically distressed communities have seen zero gain in employment or business growth since 2000, and half of adults living in distressed ZIP codes do not have the education or training to find employment in the modern economy
Often, the most effective ways to turn around a struggling community is through business investment, growth, and opportunity.
While nonprofits and government can help, true change takes place when residents have pathways to good jobs. When people have meaningful job opportunities, other important community characteristics such as safe neighborhoods, access to nutritious food, and high-performing educational systems follow.
Since 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has honored three businesses with the Revitalize America Honor during its annual Citizens Awards gala. These honorees are helping build stronger communities by investing in employment opportunities anywhere in the U.S.