When the traditional manufacturing base of Waterloo Region, Ontario came apart after 1980, local nonprofits, charities, and businesses outdid themselves in their efforts to meet unprecedented levels of social distress. Then, at the instigation of a few, residents began to up the ante: how could they actually reduce poverty, as well as alleviate its effects? Despite vast differences of politics, ethnicity, income, occupation - could they change the way the local economy worked, to make it offer more and better opportunities to more people? Opportunities 2000, they called their strategy. Here's how they got it going.