This lecture will focus on engaging underserved communities, sharing best practices, and my experiences serving since 2008 as President of the Board of Directors for Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization, CDC in Riverdale, Maryland.
Attention will be focused on how to get started, pitfalls to be avoided, and how to develop the infrastructure, support, funding, relationships, and trust necessary for success.
- Learn how to approach underserved communities, find partners, get to know the community, and develop framework infrastructure.
- Understand the importance of community engagement, surveys, and developing a conceptual master plan that identifies potential projects.
- Learn how to pursue funding, determine when is the right time to form a not for profit community development corporation, and how to involve local legislators.