Blueprint Communities Current Happenings
Delaware Blueprint Communities Symposium
On January 12, 2013, the University of Delaware’s Center for Community Research and Service, in partnership with FHLBank Pittsburgh and the Jesse Ball Dupont Foundation, will host a symposium to present current revitalization plans for five recertified and two new (designated November 2011) Delaware Blueprint Communities.
For more information, contact Steve Peuquet (email@example.com) or Raheemah Jabbar-Bey (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Center for Community Research and Service.
Blueprint Communities Comes Back to West Virginia!
The application period for West Virginia 2013 Blueprint Communities is now over. FHLBank Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the West Virginia Community Development Hub, will announce the selected communities during the kick-off celebration at Tamarack in Beckley, W.Va., on February 4, 2013.
For more information, go to www.hub.org/blueprint or contact the Hub’s Executive Director Kent Spellman (email@example.com) or Hub Director of Community Strategies Andrea Salina (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call 304-566-7332.
Developed and implemented by FHLBank Pittsburgh starting in 2005, the purpose of the Blueprint Communities initiative is to create momentum for revitalizing older communities and neighborhoods by:
- Building strong local leadership, collaboration and development capacity;
- Serving as a catalyst for revitalization by developing sound local and regional planning skills, which include clear community vision statements, effective goal-setting strategies, comprehensive implementation plans and performance evaluation measures; and
- Encouraging coordinated investments in targeted communities by public and private funders.
The objectives of the Blueprint Communities initiative are to:
- Foster a team approach to community revitalization in order to ensure successful planning and implementation;
- Provide each participating community team with basic training in critical community planning and development skills to help envision and implement the revitalization of their community; and
- Encourage communities to approach revitalization holistically and create revitalization plans that take into account the physical, economic and social needs of their community.
Community teams selected to participate in the Blueprint Communities initiative will receive the following benefits:
- Basic training focused on developing individual and collective leadership capacity and providing the skills needed to create an effective plan for community revitalization;
- Access to a variety of technical assistance resources while in training, and for a term after training, that will help not only create an effective revitalization plan, but also provide the necessary local capacity to ensure the plan is successfully implemented; and
- Access to a variety of funding opportunities to help implement community plans, including priority access to some FHLBank Pittsburgh products.
FHLBank Member Involvement
To promote a team approach to community revitalization, and to ensure a good cross-section of community involvement, one of the Blueprint Community team members must be a member of FHLBank Pittsburgh, whose service area includes the Blueprint Community.
As mentioned above, Blueprint Community teams will have priority access to certain FHLBank Pittsburgh products to support the implementation of their revitalization plans. For example, working with their FHLBank team member or other members serving their community, small businesses in their footprint will have priority access to the Banking on Business (BOB) product for expansion or start-up. In addition, FHLBank’s Affordable Housing Program (AHP) will also provide funding preference for housing projects proposed in Blueprint Communities by awarding additional points in the program’s competitive scoring system to applications for Blueprint Community projects.
Current Blueprint Communities
Current lists of active Blueprint Communities in Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia can be found on the Blueprint Communities website.
The Blueprint Communities website referenced above also provides more detail on the history of the initiative and the parameters for community participation.
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