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CASE STUDY | Investing in Social Capital Pays Off During a Crisis

Collective Impact, Case Studies, Neighbourhood Strategy, Cities Deepening Community, CDC Publications

Did you know that during an emergency your neighbours will likely be your first responders? When COVID-19 forced communities into lockdown, many were unprepared. But the City of St. Albert’s efforts to cultivate social capital in the years leading up to the pandemic yielded dividends when the crisis hit.

Neighbours stepped up to take care of one another and make sure no one was left behind. Research has shown that connected communities like St. Albert are more resilient and can respond more quickly during emergencies.

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