The summer NELA RC workshop on sustainable economic development focused on what potential riverfront projects the community would want to see executed, and what available funding mechanisms could be explored for implementing such projects.

The workshop kicked off with the prompt, "What River Projects Would You Fund?," as the attendees participated in an introductory financial literacy activity. Each attendee received a budget of "public" and "private" funds (represented by large Monopoly-money) to spend on a variety of hypothetical river revitalization projects, ranging from "greenway improvements" and "expanded recreational areas" to "bicycle/pedestrian bridges" and "small business support programs." Attendees were also able to write-in their own projects, and also given the option to not spend their money at all. They shared their own perspective on how various funding sources could benefit riverfront communities, and how they foresaw sustainable economic development being initiated along Northeast L.A. neighborhoods.

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