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    • 1. place matters Presented by the Community Building Institute Liz Blume, AICP & Beth Nagy, Ed.D.
    • 2.
      • The CBI team
      • Community planning & organizing
      • Public policy
      • Non-profit & government administration
      • Geographic Information Systems
      • Journalism
      • Social Work
      • Community relations
      Who We Are 7/27/2009
    • 3. The CBI Approach Collaborative action: residents, institutions, agencies, and businesses Asset-Based  Community Development 7/27/2009
    • 4. Asset-Based Community Development Jody Kretzman and John McKnight Asset Based Community Development Institute Northwestern University Focus on what’s working Comprehensive Resident-driven 7/27/2009
    • 5. place matters is:
      • A place-based investment pilot
      • A Comprehensive Community Initiative in three neighborhoods; Avondale, Covington and Price Hill
      • A funders’ collaborative of major regional philanthropic and business investors;
      • An ongoing partnership between the funders’ and neighborhoods;
    • 6. Comprehensive Community Initiatives (CCIs) are:
      • Strategy-level initiatives to bring about measurable community change;
      • Initiatives that bring together evidence-based human services and proven community development strategies in an integrated pattern of work;
      • Community change based on cooperation among resident-led civic groups, social service agencies, community development entities, faith-based organizations, schools, the police, and businesses and units of government active in the community.
    • 7. place matters Neighborhoods
      • Avondale , Neighborhood in the Uptown area of Cincinnati long been majority African-American with many large institutions (universities, hospitals, Zoo);
      • Covington, Kentucky , historic Ohio River city, county seat of Kenton County, encompassing a variety of relatively small neighborhoods ranging from affluent to very low-income, that has lost population over the last few decades;
      • Price Hill , historic neighborhood undergoing rapid demographic change, with working class Catholic families (many of German stock) being replaced by African-Americans, Hispanics and Appalachians – comprised of distinct “sub-neighborhoods.”
    • 8. place matters Investors
      • United Way
      • Greater Cincinnati Foundation
      • SC Ministry Foundation
      • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
      • NeighborWorks America
      • PNC Bank
      • Chase Bank
      • US Bank
    • 9. Community Capacity Building: the Five Levers of Change
      • 1. Ensure resident involvement
      • 2. Create collaboration among stakeholders
      • 3. Implement best practices; focus resources on what works
      • 4. Promote public policy change
      • 5. Create and support sustainable structures
    • 10. Focusing on Organizational Capacity Building
        • Establish meaningful community partnerships
        • Leverage financial resources
        • Develop, coordinate and evaluate programs of scale
    • 11. Community Partnerships
      • Strong Neighborhood Support Organizations
        • Conveners and facilitators
        • Center for Great Neighborhoods in Covington
        • Santa Maria and Price Hill Will in Price Hill
      • Collaborative Networks
        • Achieve multiple outcomes over time as issues and needs change
        • Youth and Housing Collaboratives in Price Hill
      • Organizational Partners
        • Optimize resources
        • City of Covington and Covington School District
      • Program Partners
        • Create and administer programs
        • Center for Closing the Health Gap and Every Child Succeeds
    • 12. Financial Leveraging
      • $3 million
        • LISC investment in neighborhoods
      • $1.6 million
        • Outside investment (leveraged funds) in neighborhoods
      • $9.7 million
        • Total investment
    • 13. Program Development
      • Price Hill
        • Comprehensive housing strategy
        • Early childhood and parent support networks
        • Prosperity center development
      • Covington
        • Neighborhood mini-grants program
        • Housing development (new construction)
        • Community schools
      • Avondale
        • Health initiative
        • Early childhood and youth support networks
        • Employment network
    • 14. Key Measures to Track Neighborhood Impact
      • Housing
        • Foreclosures
        • Construction activity
        • Median home values
      • Youth Development
        • Kindergarten Readiness
        • Elementary Math & Reading Proficiency
        • School performance index
        • Community Learning Centers
      • Financial Stability
        • Median income
        • Economically Disadvantaged Children
        • EITC filings
      • Community Engagement
        • Partnerships
        • Resident involvement
        • Safety Statistics
    • 15. How We Are Doing
      • Covington
        • Covington Police Department reports a 15% reduction in crime over a 5 year period
        • This includes a significant collaboration between the Police and the community and much more aggressive reporting of criminal activity
      • Avondale
        • KRA-L scores at Rockdale have improved from 13.9 in 2006 to 15.7 in 2008
      • Price Hill
        • The number of foreclosures has declined by 26% since 2006 while it continues to rise in many other neighborhoods (as reported by WIN)
        • KRA-L scores at Whittier/Rees E Price, Roberts increased over one full point
    • 16. Lessons Learned
      • Alignment with regional initiatives makes local work more impactful
          • Community Impact Agenda, Strive, Vision 2015, Community Learning Centers/Community Schools, Agenda 360, Greater Cincinnati Workforce Network, UW Financial Stability Network, NSP Program
      • The collaborative work of Neighborhood Support Organizations is critical
      • Plan for meaningful and long-term evaluation
      • The significant value of embedded funders
    • 17. Develop Your Community’s CCI
        • The goal of this activity is to provide you with a practical CCI approach to consider for your community. You develop the model, we provide the peer review and together we discuss the assets and challenges of this approach.
        • Volunteers needed…
    • 18. Activity Framework
          • Describe your neighborhood (10-15 mins)
            • Demographics, physical environment, political atmosphere, community assets and achievements
          • Define the Vision (10-15 mins)
            • What do we want for our neighborhood?
          • Decide the Partners (10-15 mins)
            • Who needs to be a part of this process?
          • Formulate the Strategies (10-15 mins)
            • What is needed to move toward our vision?
          • Present your plans and discuss the strengths and challenges of a CCI approach in your neighborhood
    • 19. Contact Us!
      • place matters
      • The Community Building Institute (CBI)
      • Liz Blume [email_address]
      • Beth Nagy [email_address]