Community Economic Development

Community economic development can take place on any corner of any block in the City’s under-resourced neighborhoods. Community economic development is about supporting grassroots efforts to create, sustain and expand employment, to stabilize households, to deliver social services and healthcare, to help one storefront or one public space at a time, and to bring some measure of increased economic security, which is a gateway to equal opportunity. The Public Service Project fosters community economic development for two different constituencies: small businesses that are attempting to make a go of it against the odds, and non-profit organizations providing critical services to chronically impoverished communities.

Socio-economic transformation truly can begin at the street level, but without basic legal help it might never take root, or, once begun, might quickly wither. To support micro-entrepreneurs, the Public Service Project calls on multiple skill-sets from its various transactional practice groups to help turn what was once a dream into a life-changing reality. Non-profits organizations are a critical sector of the City’s economic and social fabric. The Public Service Project has represented hundreds of intrepid non-profits, either for discrete issues or as more general counsel.

Community economic development work brings our attorneys in close contact with a wide range of clients and communities, as well as public and private entities, all contributing to citywide community revitalization.

Since the launch of the Public Service Project in 2001, Stroock has been a leader in small business and non-profit pro bono legal assistance.  Our leadership was recognized in 2009, when we were named by the ABA as the Transactional Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year.