Linda Fowler

Regionerate LLC is a minority owned consulting firm based in Bethesda, Maryland. The president, Linda Fowler, has extensive expertise in community and economic development, inclusive innovation, and re-engagement strategies for individuals who are unemployed or underemployed. Regionerate has an orientation towards equitable outcomes and increasing the degree of inclusive planning and decision-making processes and structures to deliver viable solutions and long-lasting impact.

Linda Fowler, who founded Regionerate LLC in 2009, specializes in high-impact consulting with civic leadership groups, federal, state, and local governments, workforce and economic development organizations, universities, community colleges and industry to activate and support transformative regional partnerships.  Focusing on manufacturing competitiveness, entrepreneurship support, innovation strategy, talent development, smart growth and sustainable communities, Linda has guided and facilitated regional prosperity and revitalization efforts in emblematic U.S. cities, including: North Chicago, IL; Flint, MI; Detroit, MI; Cleveland, OH; and Toledo, OH.  Linda has provided support to the German Marshall Fund as a Senior Non-Resident Fellow for their Urban Policy Program, created strategic partnerships and networks with multiple approaches to economic diversification for regional economies and consulted on Advanced Industries Strategies for the state of Colorado.   Regionerate led an external team for the U.S. Economic Development Administration to facilitate community investment strategy in Central Florida that focused on the transition of the Space Shuttle Program from 2011 to 2013. 

Linda was a Senior Technology and Business Advisor to the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST-MEP) for 13 years.  NIST-MEP is a Department of Commerce program focused on strengthening the competitiveness of small and mid-sized manufacturers. At NIST MEP, Linda led the design and execution of MEP University and Communities of Practice for the national system of manufacturing extension center staff.  In this role, she supported a knowledge sharing system, including workshops, annual conferences, webinars, face-to-face meetings, and case studies to disseminate promising practices.  After leaving NIST in 2009, Regionerate facilitated two peer learning networks that were both supported by Philanthropy- (1) a peer learning network for Auto Community College Presidents to address recovery and reemployment strategies and share curricula across their institutions; and (2) a peer learning network of community foundations located in distressed auto communities.  

Currently, Linda works with federal agencies including Commerce, Labor, and NASA to support talent migration, manufacturing community partnerships, economic recovery, and small business assistance.  For the past four years, Linda has supported NASA on designing and implementing Strategic Regional Innovation Partnerships that leverage the agency’s expertise, technologies, and facilities. Pilot sites include regions across nine states:  Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, California, New York, Virginia, and Maryland.

Regionerate supports national funders and local foundations to engage communities in developing economic inclusion strategies and link economic, workforce and community development agendas. Her philanthropic clients include: New Economy Initiative of Southeast Michigan, Skillman Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, Joyce Foundation, Lumina Foundation, C.S. Mott Foundation, Ruth Mott Foundation, Lake County Community Foundation, Toledo Community Foundation, Arthur Blank Family Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Jacobs Family Foundation.    

Regionerate supported KentuckyOne to form an Accountable Health Community with true partnerships and integration.  In partnership with ADW and Associates, Regionerate identified policy and market forces driving health reform, the implications of ongoing reform efforts, and facilitated knowledge sharing and capacity building of community-based organizations to implement evidence based practices, models, and interventions and be cost efficient.  We convened leaders and practitioners from all components of service delivery in three cities for a cross sector population health summit to present community data and strategies. Regionerate prepared training materials and provided remote consulting assistance to client in order to implement cost-effective strategies that improved outcomes. 

Professional Facilitation Certifications:

Certified by Roger Schwarz and Associates as Skilled Facilitator based on book by same name. This professional facilitator approach uses the Mutual Learning Approach with five core values of transparency, curiosity, accountability, informed choice and compassion.  It is a value- based approach to help groups improve their performance, working relationships, and individuals.

Certified by Barry Wehmiller Corporate University to train students in 3 -day workshop called People-Centric Leadership Communication Skills Training. Linda is a certified instructor for this course, now offered by Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME).  AME is a vibrant community of 4,000+ professionals dedicated to the journey of continuous improvement and enterprise excellence.

Certified by The Institute of Cultural Affairs, ICA-USA, in Focused Conversation Model as one of the Technology of Participation Facilitation Methods (TOP).  ToP Facilitation Methods are practical tools for fostering highly energized, productive, inclusive, and meaningful group participation.  

Select Engagements:

Regionerate partnered with an Atlanta based consulting firm to facilitate the Westside Economic Inclusion Collaborative, which is a coalition of community leaders, public and private funders, and business leaders invested in the revitalization of the business landscape on the Westside. We focused on education, workforce development and entrepreneurial ecosystems and facilitated the alignment of interests and building of new networks. These networks were set up to ensure Westside residents and business owners are able to access living wage jobs, become financially self-sufficient, and create and expand their own small business.

Regionerate LLC collaborated with the Black Family Development Institute in Detroit, Michigan to create the Detroit Job Center for Fathers and Families, which aims to strengthen positive father-child engagement, improve employment and economic mobility opportunities; the program will also seek to build healthy relationships and marriage for the target population of unemployed and low-income Detroit fathers with dependent children, particularly fathers between the ages of 16-24.

Regionerate worked with the Skillman Foundation in Detroit, MI to support its neighborhood service organizations.  Linda facilitated CEO roundtables once per month for two years to create a context for open and honest dialogue about the progress, challenges and questions related to place-based community change and resident engagement.  Through candid and thought-provoking dialogue, this effort sought to strengthen individual collective placed-based work efforts and provide the field of philanthropy with innovative practices that can strengthen both the return on investments and communities. 

As part of the Skillman contract, Regionerate supported fund development for Social Innovation as a tool to create stronger economic development opportunities for community residents. The specific mission is to blend good business plans with social/community concern.  Key aspects of the pilot demonstrations include:  patient capital; melding capital and credit in neighborhoods; and working with a balanced portfolio of co-investors including city, state, and federal sources.  

Linda supported an Entrepreneurs of Color Initiative in Detroit, Michigan for a funder network led by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Regionerate assessed the programmatic, cultural, financial and structural barriers to Entrepreneurs of Color. Linda conducted several focus groups and one on one interviews.  One of the successful outcomes of the project was a new source of business capital and technical assistance for Detroit businesses owned by Entrepreneurs of Color and businesses committed to hiring primarily persons of color.  The loans range from $50K to $150K.  Several rounds of funding have been raised and disseminated to date.  

Between 2016 and 2018, Regionerate advised the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI), of San Diego, CA relative to their efforts to build a cohesive and integrated strategy for investment in the Diamond District in San Diego, which is a diverse community made up of ten contiguous low and moderate-income neighborhoods. Specifically, we engaged partners in: (1) mapping community assets; (2) conducting structured workshop to design strategy; (3) targeting boundary spanning connections to link JCNI assets to outside resources (federal, other states, and foundations); (4) developing a strategic action plan to enhance alignments and collaborations within the district; and (5) identifying potential investment initiatives.

In 2018, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation engaged Regionerate to lead an initiative to build an entrepreneurship ecosystem for Battle Creek, their headquarters’ location.  As a complement to their racial healing and racial equity investments, W.K.Kellogg Foundation launched StartUp Battle Creek.  Regionerate prepared an RFP and provided targeted outreach for eligible Entrepreneurship Support Organizations (ESO).  Working with internal and external teams, we selected an ESO to relocate in Fall, 2018.

Linda Fowler President and Founder, Regionerate LLC

Linda Fowler

President and Founder, Regionerate LLC

Bethesda, Maryland, United States

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