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Greater Kansas City Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to attracting, coordinating, and providing resources to assist in the transformation of targeted neighborhoods into healthy, sustainable communities in partnership with their residents. We accomplish this by working with neighborhood residents to create and implement comprehensive plans to improve the quality of life of their residents, establishing collaborations to bring technical and financial resources to local initiatives, and measuring progress so that stakeholders can benchmark and share successful strategies and tactics.
LISC made its first investment in Kansas City in 1981, and since then has invested more than $143 million to the area, leveraging more than $610 in total development. This investment has resulted in 5,881 new and rehabbed homes, 5,393 minor home repairs, and more than $22 million in funding to local educational programs.
LISC’s multi-pronged approach to building sustainable communities addresses five primary quality of life goals: expanding investment in housing and other real estate, increasing family wealth and income, stimulating economic development, improving access to quality education and supporting safe and healthy environments. LISC’s range of programming supports resident-led quality of life improvement within the neighborhoods we serve, while providing financial education and employment resources to families; impacting national, state and local policy to remove barriers and bring resources to the local community; and supporting the growth of economic development throughout the urban core.
Greater Kansas City LISC, in partnership with the NFL and Kansas City Chiefs announced a $200,000 grant to support a new football stadium at Northeast High School, located in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast. Along with this NFL Grassroots Program grant, just one of 15 awarded across the nation, is a $25,000 ESPN Amenities Grant which will be used to install a new scoreboard.
Greater Kansas City LISC is pleased to announce that Steve Weatherford has joined the local team as Senior Program Officer for Community Development and Lending. Steve shares, “I am thrilled to be returning to my Kansas City roots and applying my experience where it can matter most. Nothing gave me more satisfaction throughout my career than providing an affordable, quality home to a family, or cutting the ribbon with new business owners in a formerly distressed commercial area. LISC is an obvious fit for me and I am looking forward to new relationships and opportunities for collaborative investments.”
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