Blueprint Communities

Blueprint Communities Update

FHLBank Pittsburgh seeks up to six new Blueprint Communities in WV for kick-off in 2019. The application deadline has been extended to Jan. 21, 2019. More information about the WV program is available in this brochure.

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Contact Megan Krider at 412-288-4577 or megan.krider@fhlb-pgh.com.

What is Blueprint Communities?

Developed and implemented by FHLBank Pittsburgh in 2005, the Blueprint Communities initiative creates momentum for revitalizing older communities and neighborhoods by:

  • Building strong local leadership, collaboration and development capacity 
  • Developing sound local and regional planning skills
  • Encouraging coordinated investments in targeted communities by public and private funders

Blueprint Communities teams, which contain a diverse mix of local leaders, receive:

  • Leadership training 
  • Help in using their skills to create and implement revitalization plans for their communities
  • Access to a variety of funding opportunities, including priority access to some FHLBank Pittsburgh community products

How Does Blueprint Communities Benefit Members?

FHLBank Pittsburgh members benefit from the Blueprint Communities initiative in a variety of ways:

  • Provides opportunities to support local community planning and strategy implementation 
  • Creates opportunities for Community Reinvestment Act credit and community investment
  • Facilities partnerships with local and state leaders

How Does My Neighborhood Become a Blueprint Community?

FHLBank Pittsburgh and its local partners periodically induct a new geographic group of communities into the Blueprint Communities program. Our members and local leaders can nominate their communities for consideration during these times. Upon review, a new group of communities is selected and the local Blueprint Communities teams begin training.

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 an employee of an FHLBank Pittsburgh member whose service area includes the Blueprint Community.

Once selected, communities wishing to remain affiliated with Blueprint Communities are eligible to be recertified, indicating that:

  • The Blueprint Communities plan is developed and approved
  • The community is implementing the plan and indicates they will continue to do so
  • Stakeholders are convening on a regular basis to work on plan implementation
  • At least one FHLBank Pittsburgh member is an active member of the team
  • Team members are willing to commit to participating in future evaluation and measuring progress

Blueprint Communities Success Stories

See examples of Blueprint Communities teams that have had a beneficial impact on their communities.

FHLBank is partnering with the West Virginia Community Development Hub (The Hub) to welcome up to six new communities into the initiative. Together, FHLBank and The Hub have supported the development of local leadership, collaboration across sectors, and holistic planning in 15 Blueprint Communities in West Virginia since 2007.

We are recruiting communities who are interested in gaining the tools needed to spur growth and create new investment opportunities. Participating communities will earn the Blueprint Community designation that opens up access to resources and capital for vital community projects.

Visit http://wvhub.org/what-were-doing/blueprint-communities/ to learn about the new cohort and apply.

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