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    Bergen, CAP Receives 2012 Energy Efficiency Award

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    Hawkeye Area Community ActionProgram

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    Community Action of Laramie County

    Volunteers from Warren Air Force Base installing gutters, building handrails,and refurnishing housing for homeless veterans.

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    CAP of Ramsey and Washington Counties

    Journeyman Ken Roath and apprentice Ryan Orvis repairing the roof vent after the insulation work was completed.

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CED Toolkits

 

The following toolkits are comprehensive resources for four distinct types of real estate development projects.  Each toolkit provides  step by step instruction on all phases of each real estate development project listed.  Select the project type below to download the full toolkit.

Alternative Financial Services 

Community Development Education

Financial Education

Project Organization

Mixed-Use Construction Projects

New Markets Tax-Credits

Single Family Housing Development

Small Business Technical Assistance

Social Enterprise

Starter Guide

Sustainability

Working With Foundations

New Construction Multi-unit Affordable  Rental Housing  Development

Community Facility Development

Commercial and Industrial Facility Development

Multi-unit Acquisition Rehabilitation Affordable Rental Housing

 

 

   

Community Reinvestment

American Planning Association
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The American Planning Association (APA) is an independent, nonprofit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change. APA advocates for planning at the national level, promotes good planning through vigorous public information and education programs, provides a forum to share employment opportunities, and engages in relevant research in the field. APA helps ensure excellence in the field by supporting the efforts of the Planning Accreditation Board, emphasizing the importance of continuing education and training as well as AICP certification for practicing planners.

American Society for Training & Development
1640 King Street, Box 1443
Alexandria, VA 22313
tel (703) 683-8100
fax (703)683-8103
www.astd.org
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The American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) is an association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. ASTD’s members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers. ASTD ‘s work includes: research, analysis, benchmarking, online information, and publications for professionals, educators, and students; conferences and workshops; professional development opportunities such as a Job Bank and Career Center, the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance; and public policy advocacy.


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Social Enterprise

America Forward
http://www.americaforward.org
The America Forward is a coalition that aims to advance a policy agenda to create an infrastructure for social enterprise. The group includes more than 60 nonprofit organizations with programs operating in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Together, these groups serve more than 10 million people a year and have a collective budget of more than $400 million.

Institute for Social Entrepreneurs
http://www.socialent.org
The Institute for Social Entrepreneurs is a nonprofit organization that seeks to encourage entrepreneurship throughout the non-profit sector through education and consulting services.

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Funding Sources

  • 504 Certified Development Company (CDC) Loan Program (SBA)
  • 7(a) Loan Program Guaranteed Loan Program (SBA)
  • 8(A) PROGRAM (SBA)
  • Assets for Independence (AFI) (HHS-ACF)

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Farming and Healthy Food

La Cocina's Food and Entrepreneurship Conference 2012

La Cocina is a is a business incubator designed to reduce the obstacles that often prevent entrepreneurs from creating successful and sustainable small businesses.  By providing shared resources and an array of industry-specific services, business incubators ensure small businesses can succeed. La Cocina follows this model by providing commercial kitchen space and technical assistance focusing on low-income women and immigrant entrepreneurs who are launching, growing and formalizing food businesses.ting diversity and building community spaces.  La Cocina is hosting its annual conference in San Francisco, CA. This year's conference will be  promoting diversity and building community spaces through the shared experience of food; creating jobs and developing our economy in a sustainable, sound manner.  It will emphasize supporting women and immigrant-run and owned businesses, and the  leveraging of  technology to do all of the above. Click here for more info.

 

American Farmland Trust
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American Farmland Trust is a national organization dedicated to saving America’s farm and ranch land, promoting healthy farming practices, and supporting farms and farmers. Since its founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, it has helped save millions of acres of farmland from development and led the way for establishing sound environmental practices. Linking farmers, conservationists, and policy-makers, it is focused on ensuring the availability of fresh food, a healthy environment and strong local economies across the nation. American Farmland Trust has offices serving California, New York, Connecticut, the Pacific Northwest, New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and all other states.

Center for Agriculture in the Environment
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The Center for Agriculture in the Environment (CAE) was jointly created by American Farmland Trust and Northern Illinois University in 1991 to help protect America's agricultural lands and to encourage healthy farming practices. CAE os a  public policy research center with roots in both the private, nonprofit world and the academic community. CAE works closely with the academic, environmental and agricultural communities to raise awareness of issues by providing research and strong academic arguments for wise public policy. In addition to its research, CAE's oversees and provides support for its affiliated centers and organizes workshops and symposia.

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Land/Infrastructure Resources

Center for Creative Land Recycling
http://www.cclr.org
The Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR or "see clear") is a nonprofit organization focused on creating sustainable and equitable communities by encouraging responsible patterns of land use and development. Its mission is to reduce energy consumption and reverse global climate change by facilitating land recycling and brownfield redevelopment through creative public, private, and nonprofit partnerships.

Institute for Local Self-Reliance
http://www.ilsr.org
The Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s (ILSR) mission is to provide innovative strategies, working models and timely information to support environmentally sound and equitable community development. To this end, ILSR works with citizens, activists, policymakers and entrepreneurs to design systems, policies and enterprises that meet local or regional needs; to maximize human, material, natural and financial resources; and to ensure that the benefits of these systems and resources accrue to all local citizens. Since 1974, ILSR has been working to enable communities with tools to increase economic effectiveness, reduce wastes, decrease environmental impacts and provide for local ownership of the infrastructure and resources essential for community well-being.

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General Resources

Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™):
a capacity building program for leaders of social benefit enterprises run by Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology and Society.
Echoing Green
http://www.echoinggreen.org/about
Invests in and supports outstanding emerging social entrepreneurs to launch new organizations that deliver bold, high-impact solutions to solve deeply-rooted social, environmental, economic, and political inequities to ensure equal access and to help all individuals reach their potential. To date, Echoing Green has invested over $28 million in seed funding to over 471 social entrepreneurs and their innovative organizations.

Blended Value Map
http://www.blendedvalue.org
Blended Value.Org is a web site that contains a research report that looks at a variety of different enterprises, including social enterprises that seek to “blend,” in one form or another social, financial (and sometimes
also environmental) benefits in their work.

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Funding Sources

Energy

  • Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels Payments to Advanced Biofuel Producers (USDA-RD)
  • Biorefinery Assistance Program and Biorefinery Assistance Loan Guarantees (USDA-RD)
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program  (DOE-EERE)
  • Energy Innovation Fund (HUD-OSHC)
  • Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund (GCCMIF) (DOC-EDA)

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Lender/Microenterprise

Association for Enterprise Opportunity
www.microenterpriseworks.org
The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) is a national membership organization and voice of microenterprise development. AEO strives to increase capacity of the field to support underserved entrepreneurs in starting, stabilizing and establishing businesses and to foster greater understanding of the importance of strong and effective microenterprise initiatives to the U.S. economy. AEO also represents the public policy interests of its hundreds of members and, through its growing network of partners, facilitates interactions among small entrepreneurs and the organizations that seek to help them succeed.

Community Reinvestment Fund, USA
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Community Reinvestment Fund (CRF) helps change the lives of people living in economically distressed communities across the country and aims to transform the community development finance system. CRF accesses capital markets on behalf of local development lenders to enable them to increase their impact on the lives of people and their communities. CRF supplies capital to local community development lenders so they can meet goals like growing small businesses, increasing affordable housing, creating and preserve jobs, building child care centers, developing community facilities and more. CRF operates the leading national secondary market for community and economic development loans.

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Individual and Service Development

Corporation for Enterprise Development
www.cfed.org
The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) promotes the desire and ability of middle and low income people everywhere to become savers, investors, homeowners, skilled workers and entrepreneurs. CFED believes it is possible and profitable – within a generation – to provide every American, including every child at birth, the opportunity and resources to pursue higher education, start a business, buy a home and save for the future. CFED programs depend on the needs of their local partners, include a policy component, and are designed to test innovative strategies for expanding economic opportunity for low to moderate income Americans by supporting their capacity to build their assets. Some projects include matched savings programs, asset-building strategies for kids, manufactured housing support, and technical assistance for non-profit organizations that work to support small-business entrepreneurs.

The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders
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The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) represents, supports, and serves nonprofit community development and asset building organizations in the nation’s Latino communities. They include affordable housing developers, microlenders, economic development corporations and consumer counseling agencies. NALCAB members implement responsible, market-based strategies for creating jobs, develop neighborhood assets, and build family wealth. NALCAB’s mission is to build financial and real estate assets as well as human and technology resources in Latino families, communities and organizations. NALCAB provides technical assistance and training, provides targeted grant making support, highlights innovations in the field, develops the next generation of Latino leadership, convenes national and regional conferences, and advocates for policy changes nationally.

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Public Policy

American Society for Training & Development
1640 King Street, Box 1443
Alexandria, VA 22313
tel (703) 683-8100 - fax (703)683-8103
http://www.astd.org - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
The American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) is an association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. ASTD’s members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers. ASTD ‘s work includes: research, analysis, benchmarking, online information, and publications for professionals, educators, and students; conferences and workshops; professional development opportunities such as a Job Bank and Career Center, the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance; and public policy advocacy.

Business Alliance for Local Living Economies
1715 Ellis Street, #103
Bellingham, WA 98225
http://www.livingeconomies.org – info @livingeconomies.org
The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) is a network of socially responsible businesses, comprised of community networks and independent business members across the U.S. and Canada. BALLE brings together independent business leaders, economic development professionals, government officials, social innovators, and community leaders to build local living economies. BALLE provides a clearinghouse of information relevant to the local living movement, current research in support of the movement, trainings on how to start a local campaign, and connections to others working towards similar goals.

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Resources for Real Estate/Affordable Housing

Center for Community Economic Development Assistance
http://www.cceda.com
The Center for Community Economic Development Assistance (The Center) has been established for organizations outside of California that seek technical assistance from the California Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA). CCEDA has served California as a statewide membership association for community development organizations actively engaged in revitalizing California's neighborhoods, including local governments and resident driven community development corporations, community action agencies, and faith based institutions. The Center was established to bring the full menu of technical assistance services of CCEDA nationwide.

Community Connections
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The Community Connections (ComCon) Technical Assistance and Information Center is the information resource for the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It serves all those with a common interest in safe, decent, affordable housing, and those interested in creating community and economic development opportunities at the local level. ComCon updates and maintains a database of consultants with expertise in CPD program areas and information systems. ComCon also serves as a resource and information center for HUD’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) programs. In addition to basic program information, specialists can assist CPD and Public and Indian Housing (PIH) grantees with questions on ARRA reporting.

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Funding Sources

Housing

  • Assisted-Living Conversation Program (ALCP) (HUD-FHA)
  • Capital Fund (HUD-PIH)
  • Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (HUD-PIH)
  • Community Development Block Grant Program (HUD-CPD)
  • Community Facilities Direct and Guaranteed Loan Program (USDA-RD)
  • Community Facilities Grants (USDA-RD)
  • Congressional Grants (HUD-CPD)

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