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You can watch the recording here.

We are delighted to invite you to join an online Bright Blue and Local Trust public panel event.

In June 2021, the Biden US Administration announced a new $10 billion Community Revitalization Fund, which will support community-led civic infrastructure projects that create innovative shared amenities, spark new local economic activity, provide services, build community wealth, and strengthen social cohesion.

As the UK recovers from Covid-19, the Prime Minister is determined to pursue the ‘levelling up’ agenda, which includes reviving civic activity and pride in so-called ‘left-behind’ areas. This transatlantic conversation will share ideas on how best to deliver social infrastructure and increase civicness in poorer areas.


  • Robin Keegan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Danny Kruger MP, Founder, New Social Covenant Unit
  • Diana Johnson MP, Co-Chair, APPG on Left Behind Neighbourhoods
  • Ryan Streeter, Director of Domestic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
  • Jennifer Vey, Senior Fellow, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and Director, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking
  • Ryan Shorthouse, Chief Executive, Bright Blue (Chair)

Key questions:

  • What are the specific activities and outcomes that the new US Community Revitalization Fund seeks to facilitate?
  • How will the new US Community Revitalization Fund contribute to wider initiatives to transform the prospects of economically and socially deprived communities?
  • What are the main differences between the UK’s Levelling Up Fund and the US’s Community Revitalization Fund?
  • What lessons might be drawn from the US as the UK Government finalises its Levelling Up White Paper and prepares for the Autumn Spending Review?
  • What is the longer term relevance of social infrastructure, social capital and community building to both the US and UK policy landscapes?


Wednesday 28th July 2021, 14:00 -15:30 BST


This event is free and open to all on our YouTube channel here, but you can also register through Eventbrite here and we will send you the joining instructions.


Attendees can submit questions, before or during the event, via Slido here or by using the code: #brightblue.