Resources and Guidelines for Media


"Hello!  I’m Ines Polonius, CEO at Communities Unlimited. We hope this media kit provides you with what you need to get a full picture of Communities Unlimited and the work we do."

— Ines Polonius, CEO


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Communities Unlimited Service Area

Communities Unlimited serves in seven states: Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas

Communities Unlimited consists of 4 primary program areas:

  • Community Sustainability partners with communities to create vibrant, sustainable economies
  • Entrepreneurship works alongside small business owners to grow their businesses
  • Environmental Services works with rural communities’ water and wastewater treatment facilities
  • Healthy Foods works with small-scale farmers and promotes healthy eating
  • Additional supplemental program areas include Housing, Broadband, and GIS mapping

These program areas create economic opportunities and solutions for communities in our seven-state service area to grow and thrive.

More information on Communities Unlimited on our About Us page
Read the stories of our projects in action on the Stories page

Leadership Bios and High-Res Photos

Here are some of our leadership biographies and photos for your use.  You’ll see a link at the bottom of the bio to the photos.  Should you need a biography of another staff member, please use the Staff page. If you’d like to request a high-res photo of a staff member not listed, please email






Be sure to use the updated version of our logo on all documents, signage and other materials. Please do not add content to the logo or alter its proportions (i.e., make it look “squished” or stretched out).  There are multiple versions of the logo available in the most common formats.  If you need a different format or have a logo question, please reach out to us at

News Releases

Please use the following description of Communities Unlimited in press releases and other write-ups about topics pertaining to our work.

Communities Unlimited, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation founded in 1976 serving seven states in the southern United States that connects people to solutions through human connections. Through ingenuity combined with cutting-edge technology and expertise, we assist by unwinding generations of inequity and disinvestment to build healthy businesses, healthy communities, healthy food systems, healthy bank accounts and healthy lives.

If you’d like more information on Communities Unlimited please contact:

Metta Smith
Communications Manager
(479) 443-2700

Let's get social!

We appreciate your sharing of Communities Unlimited on social media.  When applicable, please tag us so we can see and share your content with our audience as well.

Our History

CRG opens it’s doors
CRG opens it’s doors

Community Resource Group (CRG) opens it’s doors to provide technical assistance to help small, rural communities solve water and wastewater problems and making life better for low-income, hardworking families.

CRG affiliates with RCAP

CRG becomes a regional affiliate for Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) helping communities that want to build, maintain or expand their water and wastewater infrastructure

Loans begin

CRG begins making loans to help communities ensure the delivery of safe drinking water and provide safe, affordable housing for low-income families.

Wealth Creation Project

After two decades of working hands-on in the Texas Rio Grande Valley, CRG joins the Wealth Creation Project, a pro-active initiative to improve the livelihoods of the regions over 420,000 residents living below the poverty line.

alt.Consulting opens its office logo opens its first office in the Delta and helped more than 4,000 small businesses grow, offer jobs and create new wealth in their communities

CDFI starts

CRG is certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

alt.Consulting CDFI & new programs

alt.Consulting is certified as a CDFI and begins making loans to small businesses and launches Communities of Innovation to help communities identify new, innovative ways to use their rich agricultural resources and heritage for economic growth.

A merger
Communities Unlimited board pictured in 2014

Community Resources Group and alt.Consulting merged to form Communities Unlimited.  Communities Unlimited is the new, innovative nonprofit designed to assist communities across the South grow and prosper by providing expertise and lending programs for small businesses, entrepreneurs, families, communities, and water/wastewater systems.

Partnership In The Panhandle

Communities Unlimited held the grand opening of our office in Amarillo, TX, to serve the Texas Panhandle, an endeavor made possible by new partnerships with the Amarillo Area Foundation, area banks and local philanthropists. The office offers small business consulting, community sustainability and environmental services—a first in Communities Unlimited history.

Entrepreneurship Expands

Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Arkansas MBDA Business Center is operated by Communities Unlimited.  Communities Unlimited’s Entrepreneurship Division provides expert trainings and technical assistance that align with the MBDA’s strategic goals to support the growth of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). The Center’s primary focus is serving mature MBEs with more significant revenues, operating budgets, and experienced staff to provide growth opportunities through contracting, partnerships, joint ventures, and subcontracting.

East Texas Expansion

The T.L.L. Temple Foundation was looking for ways to serve small businesses in the 21 counties in East Texas. When the foundation realized there was a lack of CDFIs in the area. So, they created the Rural Opportunity Catalyst for East Texas (ROC-ET) Initiative. The foundation chose two CDFIs, one of which is Communities Unlimited. Since the opening of the office in October of 2022 with Lending staff, we’ve added Entrepreneurship staff and Community Sustainability.