Founded in 1995, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is an operating nonprofit foundation that works in partnership with the Jacobs Family Foundation and residents of San Diego's Diamond Neighborhoods to build a stronger community through entrepreneurial projects, hands-on learning relationships, and the creative investment of resources. The Jacobs Center helps attract and leverage investment while working with residents to build the capacity of individuals, families, and their communities. Our mission, “Resident Ownership of Neighborhood Change,” is based on the philosophy that residents must envision, drive, and own change in their community to make it meaningful and sustainable.
Together, we are working on a comprehensive development plan to transform 60 acres into The Village at Market Creek, a vibrant community center and cultural destination in the heart of San Diego. A series of social enterprises, ultimately owned by residents, include a conference and community center, retail establishments, service providers, educational hubs, affordable housing, and a variety of marketplaces. – less