Archives for 2012

Re-loom: Weaving a Better Life

Re:loom is a Georgia-based social enterprise by Initiative for Affordable Housing. The program is helping low-income adults learn job skills while up-cycling used clothing into hand-woven products. This unique service is centered at Initiative’s Weavehouse in DeKalb County, where ... [Continue Reading]

Brightwood Development Corporation Receives Grant From the City of Mayaguez & EDA Recognition for Promoting Healthy Food Businesses in Puerto Rico

Brightwood Development Corporation recently issued a press release announcing an additional grant from the City of Mayaguez to launch the Puerto Rico Healthy Foods Business Initiative and complement its multiple HHS/OCS awards used to develop the Western Food Agro Processing ... [Continue Reading]

Snapshot of Selected Public Market and Supermarket Feasibility Considerations

The following elements should be confirmed or reassessed as preliminary tasks to be undertaken by project proponents for permanent market facilities: Determine conceptual approaches, mission statement and intended outcomes Assess potential “healthy food” market benefits to ... [Continue Reading]

Weaving a Difference – Reloom

Homelessness in Atlanta. December 12, 2012 - WABE’s Kate Sweeney visited the headquarters of re-Loom to spend some time with one of its employees. ... [Continue Reading]

Regional Workforce Development Networks

Sections/excerpts from Marcus Weiss, "Regional Workforce Development Networks," in Bridging the Divide: Making Regions Work for Everyone- Shaping the Federal Agenda, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research. Washington, ... [Continue Reading]

Food Agro Processing Center – Mayaguez, PR

The Western Puerto Rico Food and Agro Processing Center (FAPC) began operations in March of 2012 after a site acquisition and renovation by the grantee, Brightwood Development Corporation. The food hub has received significant attention, including its being featured in the first ... [Continue Reading]

PPL Partnership Creates Jobs and Reduces Waste

The Environmental Services Board of Hennepin County, Minnesota announced its renewed partnership with PPL Industries' Second Chance Mattress Recycling program. The board issued a press release in October of 2012: October 17, 2012 — The board has renewed a partnership with ... [Continue Reading]

Green Exchange – Chicago

News: Green Exchange Wins Outstanding Neighborhood Real Estate Award Green Exchange of Chicago has become a hub for the Midwestern "green economy." EDAC client, North Branch Works (previously known as the Local Economic and Employment Development Council- LEED), leveraged ... [Continue Reading]

Neighborhood Beautification and Social Enterprise – CRCD

Launched in 2010 as a job-creation engine, the Coalition for Responsible Community Development's social enterprise, CRCD Enterprises, provides "neighborhood beautification" services to the City of Los Angeles. CRCD Enterprises employs at-risk young adults from South Los Angeles ... [Continue Reading]

Midtown Global Market Tops “Best Of” List

Contained within the Midtown Global Market is a veritable flavor wonderland. A melting pot of ethnic restaurants and small businesses allow for a quick cultural tour. Foodwise, you'll find a wealth of options -- everything from tacos (traditional and fusion) to camel burgers, ... [Continue Reading]

Rethinking National Economic Development Policy

Sections/excerpts from EDAC's “Rethinking National Economic Development Policy” (Bennett Harrison and Marcus Weiss, co-principal investigators). Edward W. Hill, Bennett Harrison and Marcus S. Weiss. "Executive Summary." Richard McGahey. "Economic Development, Devolution, ... [Continue Reading]

Hill District Shop ‘n Save

The Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA  has been without a grocery store for over 30 years and has been designated by local government as  a “food desert”.  The CED funding  will complete the financing for the construction of a 36,000 sq. ft. building where the major ... [Continue Reading]

PPL’s Mattress Recycling – Creating Jobs and Reducing Waste

PPL Industries' Second Chance Mattress Recycling program simultaneously reduces demand on landfills while creating jobs for those who need it most. The project will create up to 30 jobs for men and women outside of the economic mainstream who disassemble mattresses including the ... [Continue Reading]

Solutions SF – Community Housing Partnership

Since Community Housing Partnership's inception over 20 years ago, employment training and job placement programs have been central to its efforts to reduce homelessness. Building off of these efforts, in 2006 CHP teamed up with REDF (a venture philanthropy organization) to ... [Continue Reading]

Quality Hands – Social Enterprise in the Twin Cities

The social enterprise, Quality Hands, will capitalize on the combined experience and expertise of PPL and Rebuild Resources in training and employing under-served populations in contract manufacturing. The initiative is expected to significantly expand its markets and services to ... [Continue Reading]