Prima Civitas is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates resilient, adaptable communities in Michigan. From spearheading efforts to integrate entrepreneurship into the K-12 educational system to developing a state-adopted international export strategy, our globally-recognized models of innovative programming are disruptive catalysts that positively impact Michigan's economic landscape.
How we work
Working in diverse settings, sectors, and communities, we utilize the "collective impact approach" by uniting important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific economic challenge.
Each of our programs includes a project team comprised of Prima Civitas staff and our diverse networks of knowledge partners. These "knowledge partners" include difficult-to-access economic assets such as university faculty expertise, new sector leaders, and workforce developers. Once the project team is established, we develop a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforced activities among all participants. Our projects remain collaborative and effective from conception to launch.
More information on "collective impact" can be found through the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Who we serve
Our broad definition of "communities" allows us to actively engage youth, job seekers, employers, small businesses, innovators, municipalities, and regions. We have a particular focus on underserved and vulnerable communities where our work will have the most impact.
Our replicable projects and programs are organized within four "pillars" of activity. These pillars include innovation
, regional development, and global connectivity
. We can employ components of one or all pillars depending on project needs. The combined activities of our pillars and the vast resources of our partners give us a distinctive economic edge and unmatched opportunities for our client communities. Recent projects have helped Michigan businesses and communities prosper in the areas of global transportation logistics; healthcare centers of excellence; advanced manufacturing by small business; higher education and workforce development; strategic planning; community economic development, and new business prospecting and recruiting.
How we can help
Here are just a few of the many services we offer:
Contact us today to learn more about who we are how we can work together!