In a 21st century digital world, access and connectivity are critical to the economic and social vibrancy of small businesses, schools, neighborhoods, and cities. Access means the availability of financial, intellectual, and technological resources and opportunities. Connectivity means bringing together individuals and ideas –in person or virtually.
Working with and listening to Northside residents and organizations, the Buhl Foundation put forth a vision of an accessible, connected community through its One Northside Consensus Plan. To bring the One Northside Plan to life and anchor it in the community, the Buhl Foundation needed a place to provide access to resources and connectivity to support problem-solving, learning and innovation. CoLab18 is that place.