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Ohio CDC Assoc Seminar with Brian Higgins of Arch City Development

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    • Ohio CDC AssociationJuly 26, 2012
    •  A good partnership can be an exciting prospect. Two or more entities combine resources and experiences to become better than the sum of their parts.
    •  Not every partnership works. Divergent goals, clashing personalities and different styles can scuttle what looks good on paper.
    •  The same risks and rewards exist within community development partnerships. Almost by definition, there are very different actors involved:  Neighborhood residents  Non-profits  Private sector interests  Institutions  Government Let’s take a look at each!
    •  They vary in sophistication, but are mission driven, which allows for a different approach than a profit driven entity might pursue. Can be useful for community building and PR to housing and commercial revitalization.
    •  Remember that these political trends oscillate, so try to put too much credence into what you see/read. As those of us who have worked for or with government can tell you, most employees are as dedicated and hard working. It is in their best interest to help you succeed.
    •  Government has access to many tools that can make them a valuable partner.  Tax abatement  Tax Increment Financing  Municipal Bonds  Congressional entitlements (CDGB, HOME… NSP, UDAG, Model Cities, Urban Renewal)
    •  Congress created the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to help cities, counties and states deal with community problems that are the result of the mortgage foreclosure crisis in the nation. HUD provides money to about 250 local governments and all 50 states. Generally, the money must be used to buy, fix up, and resell foreclosed and abandoned homes.
    •  Hospitals, universities, schools, libraries, places of worship. Often mission driven. Access to resources. With the exception of some churches, institutions usually have little to no experience in community development.
    •  Many institutions are located near low to moderate income neighborhoods. In recent years, they have had to decide whether they shut themselves off from the community or embrace it. Lately, more institutions are choosing to embrace the community.
    •  University of Pennsylvania – West Philly Cleveland Clinic – Fairfax/Hough The Ohio State University – North High Street/Weinland Park
    • PROS Access to capital Unique relationships Deep capacityCONS Risk averse May not have an interest in community development marketplace
    •  Some private sector entities have philanthropic investment arms. This can be a benefit to your community, but isn’t really an investment, as there is no ROI.
    •  Rouse, a successful mall developer, created a concept called a “Festival Marketplace” These marketplaces were the catalysts for downtown revitalization in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
    •  Financial institutions can be partners…but only up to a point. Banks are multi-faceted, non-monolithic, and sometimes compete within the organization Extensive regulations of banks puts boundaries around their ability to be ongoin, true partners. However…..
    •  There are parts of banks who can be more fully engaged:  Bank Community Development Corporation  Bank Charitable Foundations and Departments  Affiliates that serve as CDFIs, CDCs and developers
    •  Partners  City of Kansas City  Jazz District Redevelopment Corporation  Bank of America CDC  Negro Leagues Museum Foundation  Black Economic Union
    • 1. Be Strategic; Do a plan2. Know your limitations…do what you know best.3. Collaboration starts with a relationship, not a project4. Start small … test the relationship5. Understand what motivates your partners6. Enlist the neighborhood … and those who love the neighborhood7. Volunteers are great…up to a point8. Consider the politics: recruit the electeds, and those who can influence the electeds9. Understand the story, and how to tell the story.10. Getting the grant is great, now you have to perform!
    • Nationwide Children’s Hospital andCommunity Development for All People
    •  Founded in 1892 with 9 patient beds. Pediatric teaching hospital for Ohio State since 1937. Currently, the main campus has over 8,000 employees, 18,500 annual inpatients, 925,000 outpatients. Just completed an $800 million expansion.
    •  A change in executive leadership at the hospital facilitated several changes. First, the housing to the east of the hospital was addressed. Since 2007, NCH has spent approximately $1.3 million renovating their easterly assets.
    •  John Edgar – Executive Director, Community Development for All People Angela Mingo – Director of Community Relations, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Robert Williams – Director, Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families
    • Mark BarbashEconomic Development Consulting614-568-5049Mark.Barbash@gmail.comBrian HigginsArch City Development614-563-3533bhiggins@archcitydevelopment.com@ArchCityCMH