BY KAYCIE STUSHEK, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NETWORK COORDINATOR, THE HUB
Are you ready to take your community building efforts to the next level?
Communities in West Virginia have the opportunity to go through the programming that sets them up to be a designated Blueprint Community. Teams who take on this initiative work collaboratively to define a strategy that invites public and private investment to their community -plus- receive the training, coaching, and connection to resources needed to implement those strategies.
Applications are due December 21, 2018.
Blueprint Communities is a collaboration in WV between the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and the West Virginia Community Development Hub. Fifteen communities across West Virginia have participated since the start of the program in 2007.
Past participants have leveraged this initiative to form collaborations in their community that have grown into nonprofits and local development authorities. Past participants have also used their final plans to showcase the specific opportunities and efforts in their community, and new public and private investment followed.
Lori McKinney of the Princeton Renaissance Project says:
“Blueprint Communities was pivotal in our town’s progress; it brought all the right people to the table and together. We gave birth to the Princeton Renaissance Project, which has sparked a complete transformation of our downtown. We had a vision, but we hadn’t really sat down at the drawing board with a team to strategize; Blueprint guided us in doing just. The process enabled us to articulate those goals and create a detailed plan for reaching them.”
Communities are invited to learn more about eligibility and application details by visiting http://wvhub.org/what-were-doing/blueprint-communities/.
Contact Kaycie Stushek at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.