Grounded (formerly GTECH) Strategies is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2007 out of the Heinz College through research on the economic impact of vacant land. Over the past decade, our work has evolved in many ways but has always included cross-sector collaboration, research and innovation, and working hand-in-hand with those most closely impacted by decisions made at all levels.Mission
To improve the social, economic, and environmental health of distressed and transitional communities by building capacity to reclaim vacant and underutilized land.
What We Do
Grounded uses the process of reclaiming vacant and underutilized land as a platform for engagement, education, and building trust among communities. This “people and places” approach intentionally acknowledges that any physical interventions will need to be sustained by passionate and prepared individuals and that in order for residents to thrive in all aspects of their lives, they must find support, safety, and pride in their physical environment. Our work is often a catalyst for greater change.
We envision a region of thriving communities- working together to sustain equitable change. We believe lasting and impactful change happens when people have the tools to work towards creating safe, green, resilient and livable spaces. In order to create these spaces, we believe that community members must have the opportunity to weigh in on the systems that affect them.