This paper provides a succinct overview of the concept of social capital and describes ways in which social capital can play a role in economic and community development. Examples illustrating these concepts are drawn from more than 20 years of research in urban communities, as well as from case studies produced by others involved with community development. The paper addresses the following questions:
1) What is social capital, and how do the various kinds of social capital play out in the ways that community needs are met?
2) What kinds of social capital building strategies are useful in economic and community development?