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March 12, 2010

Brookings: Retail Trade as a Path to Neighborhood Revitalization

SM_Slide1.jpgRetail trade is a highly visible feature in a community, and is often a symbol of economic status. Terms like “upscale retail,” “strip mall,” or “big box store,” convey very different images of retail trade that are widely associated with economic prosperity, or the lack thereof. But, does retail trade really revitalize run down or neglected neighborhoods? And if so, what are the mechanisms at work, the successful strategies, and necessary conditions that lead to success? In “Retail Trade as a Route to Neighborhood Revitalization,” Karen Chapple and Rick Jacobus tackle these questions.[More]

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September 27, 2007

Grocery Store Attraction Symposium

SM_Slide1.jpgThis one-day workshop/discussion brought together local government staff, community advocates, economic development practitioners, and others who are working to bring healthy food retailers to underserved, low-income, urban, or rural communities. [More]

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September 08, 2007

Joint Ventures with For-Profit Developers. A Guide for Community Development Corporations

joint-ventures.jpg Joint ventures between community development corporations and for-profit partners present tremendous opportunities for CDC to build their skills and complete projects that are larger in scale and/or beyond their core competencies. However, there are a host of business issues raised by the prospect of a CDC co-owning or working closely with a for-profit on a project. This guide is designed to assist CDCs in becoming educated consumers as they think about, plan and become partners in joint ventures.[More]

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August 22, 2007

Commercial Development Trainings

I developed this series of day long and multi-day workshops for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation's national Center for Commercial Revitalization to help community development corporations and local governments understand the unique challanges associated with neighborhood retail development. I have been delivering these training courses in communities around the country including: Philadelphia, Providence, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Toledo, Jacksonville, San Diego, and Cincinnati. [More]

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August 08, 2007

Swans Marketplace Jobs Program

Document Image This strategy document outlined clear systems through which the nonprofit developer of Oakland's Swans Marketplace would identify the job skills that the project's commercial tenants would need, communicate those needs to referral and training partners and track the results of the hiring process for the purpose of reporting to the government agencies that had supported the project. [More]

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April 28, 2007

Economic Development for Public Health Advocates

PHI Web_sm.png This toolkit developed for the Public Health Institute's Land Use and Health Program is designed to provide an overview of Economic Development and Redevelopment issues for health advocates seeking new food stores in low income communities.

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December 12, 2006

Community Driven Development

September 14, 2006 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Preservation Park – Niles Hall Sponsored by Citibank and Bay Area LISC This workshop described tools for community activists to use to influence and drive key decisions about neighborhood real estate development...[More]

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June 09, 2005

Critical Factors in Mixed-Use Development

This workshop featured a pannel of private developers discussing the unique challanges of complex mixed-use real estate projects. Panelists incuded Libby Seifel of Seifel Consulting, Oz Erickson of the Emerald Fund and Michael Covarrubias of TMG partners. The PowerPoint handout highlights some common challanges and resources for developers and features a case study of the Emerald Fund's Ocean View Village. [More]

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Financing Commercial Development

This workshop featured presentations from several lenders on financing products available for neighborhood commercial real estate development projects. The PowerPoint handout provides an overview of types of financing sources and some common lender concerns related to these projects. [More]

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