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On November 16, Bank of America announced Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) Jacksonville as the 2016 Neighborhood Builders Award recipient for Northeast Florida. LISC is being recognized for its work in transforming challenged urban neighborhoods into communities of opportunity--good places to live, work, do business and raise a family.
Through the Neighborhood Builders program, Bank of America provides LISC with a unique combination of leadership development, $200,000 in flexible funding, a network of peer organizations across the United States, and the opportunity to access capital in order to expand its impact in the Jacksonville community.
With its Neighborhood Builders grant, LISC plans to open the first Financial Opportunity Center in Florida in New Town, a historically disadvantaged neighborhood. The objective of the Financial Opportunity Center is to help residents achieve the core principals of financial sustainability — living wage jobs that can lead to home ownership. Financial Opportunity Centers are the ideal resource for neighborhood and community building.
On November 17 LISC Jacksonville recognized individuals, organizations and government leaders who have made significant contributions to comprehensive development in Jacksonville's urban core neighborhoods. Award recipients received a piece of artwork by Jacksonville artist Marsha Hatcher, designed and created for the event. Awards were presented as follows:
Delores Barr Weaver received the Igniter Award for serving as a catalyst for urban neighborhood revitalization. Mrs.Weaver pioneered the renewal of a Northwest Riverside neighborhood through the condominium-conversionof John Gorrie Junior High School.
First Coast YMCA received the Building Block Award for advancing the city's urban core through a major urban development project. The organization contributed to the redevelopment of Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood by building the new Winston Family YMCA.
Edward Waters College received the EPIC Award for enhancing community and incorporating two or more of the five pillars of LISC’s Building Sustainable Communities
model. The college provided leadership and resources for the revitalization of the New Town neighborhood and Kings Road commercial corridor.
Black Sheep Restaurant Group received the Champion of Main Street Award for providing advocacy and leadership in strengthening Jacksonville’s urban core communities, focusing on reviving commercial activity. The group served as a major catalyst in the renewal of Five Points.
Mayor Lenny Curry, Councilman Garrett Dennis and the Eureka Gardens Tenants Association received the Power of Community Award for bringing together diverse voices to improve the community. They transformed the living conditions for more than 800 residents in Eureka Gardens, one of the city’s most challenged urban housing developments.
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