The foundation gives first consideration to projects in the following areas: a) Education (business, professional, and career/employment training and re-training; and educational programs designed to optimize learning at any stage of the learning lifecycle from preschool to post-secondary. The scale of the effort can be large or small, work within existing learning environments or create new access/outreach portals. Initiatives should show promise in approaching and addressing emerging needs and challenges); b) Economies (initiatives designed to catalyze and diversify local and regional economies. Projects and practices that encourage ongoing development, stability, and sustainability of localized business corridors and micro-districts; and c) Environments (support in this area involves a specific interpretation of "environment" that emphasizes the responsible blending, sharing, and stewardship of both the built and natural environments. Ideally, initiatives seeking to combine and coordinate economic viability with environmental sensitivity through organizational practices, planning and policy, and land/resource management).