Gentrification is an increasing concern for communities here in Los Angeles and throughout the nation. As community leaders, policymakers and developers grapple with how to make quality of life improvements without displacing residents, it is important to prioritize opportunities for community wealth building to ensure that residents directly benefit from both public and private investment in their own neighborhoods. This workshop will educate residents about the development process and how community members can be involved, while also highlighting both public and private development projects that have successfully implemented community wealth building strategies. Workshop participants will be encouraged to get involved with the Empowerment Congress’ effort to create a “best practices” report, currently in development, on community engagement and empowerment.