The OgdenCAN Approach
Located on the corner of 26th and Monroe, the Ogden Civic Action Network (OgdenCAN) is an innovative space for local partnerships within the East Central Neighborhood of Ogden, Utah. This vibrant community, filled with colorful architecture and a rich history has transformed into an area where 100 occupied homes do not have running water. Recognizing the need for BOLD change, OgdenCAN initiated a collective impact approach to assist in revitalizing the community's beautifully diverse environment. This anchoring approach is grounded in a long-term commitment from institutions, stakeholders, partners and community members; all who are dedicated to a patient discovery process that follows the energy of collaboration. In this revolutionary action plan, OgdenCAN aims to share their narrative of lasting community improvements in health, education and housing through collective alignment and residential story sharing.
BE the story, SHARE the story and CHANGE the story with us.
The Ogden Civic Action Network is a coalition of local stakeholders committed to improving the welfare of our community. We are focused on health, education and housing of the East Central Neighborhood.
Our mission is to create a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization using a place-based strategy centralized in the East Central Neighborhood of Ogden, UT.
Our vision is simple, we aim to improve the health, strength, and engagement within our community: economically, socially, environmentally, educationally and civically.
The real magic happens when residents come together, meeting one another and shaping change.
OgdenCAN is organizing a block-by-block structure which will ultimately mobilize 100 volunteer captains to lead communications and projects within each micro-neighborhood.
Short-Term & Long-Term
A patient discovery process has already begun, with eyes on a 40-year vision. Some efforts have a short-term focus so residents can see improvements right away, while others require patience to make a lasting difference over time. Think of planting annuals vs. fruit trees. Anchors are simultaneously working on problems at both the macro and street levels. It has to be both: short-term/long term; micro/macro.
Benchmarking NEW GROUND
OgdenCAN is part of the Anchor Learning Network, a group of over 30 universities who have committed to their anchor role in their respective communities. This network is convened by The Democracy Collaborative in Washington DC and provides benchmarking with other leading-edge communities. OgdenCAN’s structure is unique and efforts here are further along than almost anywhere in the country. So, although some examples exist, OgdenCAN is breaking new ground and is likely to become a model for other communities.