Jenifer Acosta

Jenifer Acosta is a Michigan based developer known for redeveloping historic buildings, her work in housing and fierce advocacy for grassroots economic development to build community wealth.

10 Truths About Tackling Your Own Development

10 Truths About Tackling Your Own Development

Creating spaces and places for people is my passion. From creating beautiful downtown living spaces to the storefronts and offices where their businesses can flourish, being a developer is all about making a positive impact for others. Development...

We Need More Activists

We Need More Activists

When a dam broke and flooded my town, I was out the door to volunteer at a shelter. My volunteering led to being on calls talking about federal disaster declarations and strategizing how to help my community recover. ...

The Foundations of Development Capital

“Charity feeds a person who is hungry. Philanthropy is meant to go upstream and innovate.”  -Helen Davis Johnson  President, Michigan Municipal League Foundation This comment from Helen is resonating with me now more than ever. This year has...

Are we all Clueless?

Are we all Clueless?

We’re obsessed with attraction. Cities, regional governments, and states spend a lot of time and resources working to attract companies and developers to invest in the communities they represent. Economic developers fly off to trade shows and tell...

Catalytic Community Building

Catalytic Community Building

For the last three years, my focus has been redeveloping a 130-year old bank building. Having been vacant for several years, the building was set to be demolished to make way for a drive-thru bank branch at the...

Practicing Inclusion

Practicing Inclusion

My place is not inclusive enough and we need to do better. Women are not owners of 50% of our businesses, 50% of board and council demographics, or occupying half the leadership roles. Access to financing is different...