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2012 CED Award Winners



Congratulations to the  2012 CED Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award Winners!

   Community Revitalization and Investment:
   Fayette County Community Action Agency, Inc-, Pennsylvania 

   Uniontown Family Homes Project- FCCAA developed  30 single family lease- to- own homes.. 

  Energy Efficiency and Sustainability:
  Bergen County Community Action Partnership, Inc., New Jersey 

  CAP Solar- BCCAP  an energy social enterprise to lower the electricity costs of CAPs and affiliated nonprofit organizations.

  Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc., Alaska         

  Rural Energy Enterprises- REE is Rural Alaska's social enterprise selling a variety of high-quality, energy products to regional businesses.

  Real Estate Development:
  Bergen County Community Action Partnership, Inc., New Jersey

 Bergen County HELP Center-BCCAP Converted a 1.75 acre industrial park into a  multi-service campus. 

 PACE Community Action Agency, Inc., Indiana

 Ivy Lane and Crossroads Neighborhood Project- PACE developed 31 unit apartment building as part of its Neighborhood Stabilization Program.


GROW South Dakota (fka NESDCAP/NESDEC)  GROWSD developed two schools on an Indian reservation and an apartment building for very low-income residents.



   In the words of Dean Kamen, "an innovation is one of those things that society looks at and says, if we make this part of the way we live and work, it will change the way we live.


Congratulations to the  2011 CED Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award Winners

The Community Action Partnership’s Economic Development  Awards recognize exemplary leadership in community economic development  within the Community Action Agency Network. The awards honor Community Action Agencies for their outstanding entrepreneurial and innovative projects, which creates a better quality of life  for low-income individuals and families in urban, suburban, and rural communities.  During the Partnership's 2011 Annual Conference, six Community Action Agencies received awards in  one of the six categories listed below.  The 2011 award sponsor was  84 Lumber and SafeLink Wireless. 

Award Categories

  • Master Innovator 
  •  Community Revitalization and Investment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Real Estate Development
  • Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
  • Spotlight(CED Rookie of the Year)

The Winners Are:

Master Innovator: People Incorporated, Abingdon, VA

People Incorporated, received the Mastor Innovator award for its stellar development of its Heartwood Artisan Gateway Project, which is a LEED certified mixed-use commercial building, and the Grundy Town    Center.  Heartwood Artisan Gateway is a tourism center,  a retail establishment and a business center for administrative offices. The Grundy Town Center is part of  People Incorporated's revitalization strategy for targeted neighborhoods in its community.  Upon creation, the Grundy Town Center, will provide 14,000 square feet of new commercial retail space and will create over 500 jobs for low-income people.  

Community Revitalization and Investment Award: Southwest Georgia Community Action Council, Moultrie, GA

Southwest Georgia Community Action Council received the award in the Community Revitalization and Investment category for its acquisition and renovation of a 45,000 square foot mixed-use project. The agency used a portion of the former strip mall, into 39,000 square foot of office space, and 6,000 square feet of commercial space for six small business to lease office space.

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Award: WSOS Community Action Agency, Fremont, OH

WSOS received the award for their Green Ohio (Go Corps!) Weatherization Works Corp initiative. The project provides on-the-Job training, community service and employment to over 130 youth who were recruited for the program. Participating youth assisted in weatherizing 1,648 homes, which has significantly reduced energy costs for the low-income families residing in the homes and has reduced demand on public utilities.

Entrepreneurship Award: Community Action Committee of Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, PA

CAC Lehigh Valley received the Entrepreneurship award for its development of its 18-week Start Your Business Program, which provides individualized training and technical assistance to Minority- and Women-owned businesses. It also provides micro-loans and technical assistance in business certifications, an annual Microenterprise Expo, credit repair counseling, and specialized marketing assistance.

Real Estate Development Award: KCEOC Community Action Partnership, Barbourville, KY

KCEOC recieved the Real Estate Development Award for  purchasing  two commercial buildings which required demolition and clean-up, including the replacement of the roof and parking lot. The project employed 100 jobs that were higher than minimum wage.

Spotlight Award: Coconino County Community Services Department(CCCSD), Flagstaff, AZ

CCCSD received the Spotlight Entrepreneurship award   for its Basic Business Empowerment (BBE) initiative it created for low-to-moderate income micro-entrepreneurs business planning courses and Individual Development Account (IDA) match savings grants. 

Community Action Partnership Release 2011 CED Real Estate Toolkits

The Partnership's Community Economic Development Department has released four comprehensive full color guides for community development practitioners involved in or considering economic      development projects.   From the first phase of the intialial development to  project financing, to final construction, these guides provide step-by-step instruction on all aspects of the development process.

 Click here to download toolkits

 The available toolkits are:

  • Community Facility Development
  • Industrial Facility Development
  • New Construction Multi-unit Affordable Rental Housing Development
  • Multi-unit Acquisition Rehabilitation Affordable Rental Housing

Community Action Partnership Among Top Business Leaders-CNBC/FDIC

Stacy Flowers, Director of Community Economic Development for The Partnership was among the hand selected guests present at the Small Business Administration‘s Small Business Forum entitled, Overcoming Obstacles to Small Business Lending held on January 13, 2011. The Forum hosted an esteemed panel of government and private sector corporate leaders, namely, Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, U. S. Senator of Virginia, Mark Warner and Sheila Bair, Chair for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Watch the video


Community Action Partnership Gears up for the 2012 Management and Leadership Training Conference

This year's theme is Ensuring High Performance in Community Action: Strategies for Leadership and Innovation Success. In the challenging economic climate we face, it is crucial that  Community Action Agencies remain perpetually relevant.  This conference will help Community Action leaders and innovators do that and more. Held in beautiful Miami Florida, Jan 5-7th, you will not want to miss this opportunity to learn from knowledgable speakers, gain new ideas and network with leaders across the network.  The registration deadline is approaching quickly. Click here to register now 


US Department of Human Services-Administration for Children & Families Releases 15 Million for Individual Development Accounts (IDA) and Related Services

IDA's are matched savings accounts which enable low income individuals and families to become and remain financially stable of the long term. 

To view the full announcement, click here



FDIC Florida and Georgia Bank Branches For Sale

On behalf of the FDIC Prescient is pleased to announce the sale of six  bank branches located throughout the states of Florida and Georgia.

The properties are located in excellent locations in the cities of the Villages, Ocala, Deltona, Florida and in Villa Rica and Macon, Georgia. The subject properties located in the Villages and Ocala are newly constructed bank branch buildings in excellent condition and high traffic locations. The Deltona, Florida bank branch is a two-story vacant bank branch on a large lot with 44 parking spaces. The Georgia bank branch located in Villa Rica is a two story brick bank branch located within the West Atlanta submarket approximately 30 miles west of the Atlanta CBD. The improvements were constructed in 2008 and are updated with high-end finishes. The Macon, Georgia bank branch is a newer branch and it consists of 510 SF building that was constructed in 2005 and is situated on a 0.350 acre site in Downtown Macon. 

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