While the majority of funding has historically gone to larger cities with significant financial and built environment infrastructure, small to mid-sized cities (defined by us as places with 40,000 to 400,000 people) represent the majority of the United States, and presents a significant opportunity to create thriving communities. Because of city size and institutional capacity, challenges exist in leveraging debt, building a pipeline of projects, loan funding, as well as other types of grant and subsidy attainment, which leads to financial organizations overlooking opportunities to revitalize and promote equitable development where it’s needed the most. Small to mid-sized cities have opportunities big cities do not, including easier access to municipal leaders, focused community organizing, invested local funders and cross-sector stakeholders, and a transformation scale of development. Invest Health has helped cities explore local assets, policies, resources and capital sources that can advance built environment improvements. See more resources on this topic below.