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LISC Jacksonville is seeking nominations for the first LISC Jacksonville Community Development Awards presented with underwriting support from JPMorgan Chase, The City of Jacksonville and The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.
The event recognizes individuals, nonprofit organizations, for-profit developers and companies, and government departments or agencies who have made significant contributions to comprehensive community development in Jacksonville's urban neighborhoods through their leadership, innovation, and collaboration.
Awards will be made in five categories (listed below). Nominations are due no later than September 30, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Click Here to submit your nomination. Selections will be made by an independent panel of community representatives. Winners will be notified by October 25.
Awardees will be recognized at the:
LISC Jacksonville Community Development Awards Breakfast:
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Jessie Ball duPont Center
40 East Adams Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
1. Igniter Award – Recognizes an individual or group who has served as the catalyst for urban neighborhood revitalization.
2. Building Block Award – Recognizes a real estate project that advances an urban core community.
3. Power of Community Award (Collective Impact) – Recognizes individuals, for-profit and not-for-profit businesses, and /or government agencies that have provided collaboration and leadership in bringing together diverse voices to improve the community through targeted programs, initiatives or physical development.
4. Champion of Main Street Award – Recognizes an outstanding individual or organization that has provided advocacy, leadership and innovation in helping to strengthen Jacksonville’s urban core communities, with a focus on reviving commercial activity and restoring business and commerce to urban core neighborhoods.
5. EPIC Award – Recognizes an organization, individual or project that enhances the community and incorporates two or more of the five pillars of Building Sustainable Communities: (Expand investments in housing and other real estate • Increase family income and wealth • Stimulate new economic development • Improve access to quality education • Support healthy environments and lifestyles).
On June 16,the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced the selection of our new president and CEO, Maurice Jones.
Jones is highly experienced in addressing the challenges of community development. He brings to the leadership role a career’s worth of business, management and policy experience and an enduring personal commitment to improving communities and the lives of low-income Americans.
Currently, Jones serves as Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade. His term as LISC's new CEO will begin on September 6th, when his predecessor, Michael Rubinger, steps down after 17 years.
J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver recently announced a commitment of $900,000 over three years to LISC Jacksonville. The grant will be made through the Weaver Family Foundation Fund, a component fund of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. The funds will be used to help establish Florida’s first Financial Opportunity Center in New Town in cooperation with United Way of Northeast Florida, reestablish LISC Jacksonville’s AmeriCorps program and, in collaboration with HabiJax, revitalize New Town’s commercial corridor along Kings Road (read more)
In 2015, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, or LISC, invested $1.3 billion in equity, loans, and grants in low-income communities across the country. It was the largest amount invested in the organization’s history.
Michael Rubinger, LISC’s president and CEO, was one of its original staff members in 1980. He became CEO in 1999 and has worked to develop a comprehensive approach to building healthy neighborhoods that today is replicated around the country.
Rubinger is retiring this summer. In February, Kathleen Costanza from Build Healthy Places Network asked Michael Rubinger to reflect on his life in community development in the following interview.
In the planning stages for more than a year, Groundwork Jacksonville today announced the new Jacksonville Public Market, launching September 10, 2016. The Jacksonville Public Market will bring a wide range of family and nutritional programs, live entertainment, chef demonstrations, master gardener consultations, headline speakers, and youth entrepreneurial activities to the Eastside, highlighting the neighborhood’s history and culture to both long-time Jacksonville residents and visitors to the city’s Sports & Entertainment District.
Groundwork Jacksonville’s 10-year vision is to recreate the Emerald Necklace by re-connecting the city’s neglected urban neighborhoods. “The Jacksonville Public Market is a huge step in accomplishing our mission to spur revitalization and economic development, and foster active outdoor living along the S-Line, while engaging the community in creating and sustaining their clean environment,” said Dawn Emerick, CEO of Groundwork Jacksonville.
Eight villages are planned, showcasing fresh fruits and produce, healthy food, plants, arts, crafts, services and entertainment: Children’s Entrepreneur Village, Farmer Village, Artisan Food Village, Meat and Seafood Village, Arts Village, Vintage Village and Grocery Village.
Like many urban neighborhoods, the Eastside is considered a food desert with grocery stores located miles away and little access to fresh, whole foods. In the Historic Eastside/Springfield Community Quality of Life Plan developed by LISC in 2012, the community identified a vision to have “a level playing field” which included improved nutrition in the neighborhood and closer proximity to healthy foods, farmer’s markets, community gardens, and grocery stores. According to Janet Owens, Executive Director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) – Jacksonville, “The Jacksonville Public Market is a tremendous step not only to providing access to fresh, healthy food and essential services, but also to closing the gap in health and economic disparities and creating a large footprint of positivity and prosperity for Historic Eastside.” For more information go to JacksonvillePublicMarket.com.
Sherry P. Magill, Ph.D., president of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, has joined the Board of LISC Jacksonville. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund has assets of approximately $300 million and an annual grants budget of approximately $15 million.
She is a founding member and past chair of the Florida Philanthropic Network. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Council on Foundations’ board and Chair of the Board of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center for Girls and Young Women. She is an alumni member of Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida, Class XIV.
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