Brookings announcement new initiative for innovation and placemaking

OKC one of firsts projects

Published: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He began his business career after Yale at Wells Fargo Bank and returned to Fort Worth after graduating from Stanford. He was elected to the Brookings Board of Trustees in 2011.

Anne T. Bass is an American philanthropist and the president of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Foundation. She received a B.A. from Smith College in 1970 and an M.L.A. from Stanford University in 2007. She is an active supporter of many social, civic, and educational organizations.

“Anne and I are pleased to support this cross-disciplinary initiative,” said Bob Bass. “Brookings and Project for Public Spaces are both the best in the field for urban economic development and placemaking, and we’re excited to see what they accomplish in this first-of-its kind effort.”

"The Bass Foundation has been instrumental in supporting innovative placemaking efforts for many years,” said Fred Kent, founder and president of Project for Public Spaces. “This gift, and our partnership with Brookings, will help us move toward the kind of place-led and community-driven development that will ultimately make our cities more distinctive, competitive, and livable."

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Founded in 1916, Brookings’s mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: strengthening American democracy; fostering the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity of all Americans; and securing a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. As the central hub of the global Placemaking movement, PPS’s pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.

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