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HCI is intended for self-identified communities with a total population of 25,000 or less that want to develop a new generation of local leaders; build a supportive community environment for small business and entrepreneurs; or invest in place through creative quality of life initiatives related to public spaces, design, local foods, and tourism among others. A core principle of HCI is that broad-based input and buy-in is vital to the long-term success and sustainability of all community development initiatives.
Previous HCI communities are at varying stages of executing their projects; whether that be the HCI Foundation Phase (lasting 4-8 months), Building Block Phase (lasting 3-6 months), or Capstone Phase, the length of which depends on the proposed project. They include: