The Alliance is a communications network for communities west of the Connector to partner on issues of common concern. Launched jointly in 2011 by the neighborhoods of English Avenue and Vine City, and Georgia Tech’s Westside Task Force, the Westside Communities Alliance works to build relationships between these constituencies and with others. Notably, many of Atlanta’s most important and historic academic institutions — including the Atlanta University Center consortium, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State University — are on the West Side, and over half of the city’s college students conduct their studies there. The Alliance serves as a nexus point for academic institutions and area communities to work together to tackle local challenges and find points of unity. We seek to be a model for multi-institutional engaged scholarship and service for Atlanta, as well as a resource for communities in need of partners and expertise. Through an exchange of knowledge, innovative and effective projects, and by developing sustainable partnerships among collaborators, the Alliance is an asset for its partners and for the City in the revitalization and development of Atlanta’s West Side. With this operational frame, we envision an urban future where we stand united in support of strong, vibrant communities.