Feb. 26, 2013 – The N.C. Community Development Initiative expands its technical assistance program in 2013 with a menu of resources and services designed to help community economic development partners implement strategic plans and have greater impact in the communities they serve.
A new webinar series beginning in March is open to partners and the public at no cost.
“Our technical assistance program offers six pathways of services that allow us to provide customized support to partners based on the needs they identify as critical to their work and impact,” said LaVett Saddler, the Initiative’s program officer for innovations, who directs the technical assistance program. “These programs are designed to help our partners strengthen their capacity, reduce risk, increase efficiencies and troubleshoot problems.”
The six pathways rolling out during 2013 are:
- Organizational assessment – Initiative staff work with organizations to identify short-term and long-term technical assistance opportunities that align with and support their business plan goals.
- Retreats, workshops and webinars – Topics come from the needs and performance issues identified by partners as well as state and national trends and best practices in community economic development. The first webinar, open at no cost to partners and the public, will be held March 25. Visit www.ncinitiative.org/TAcalendar for workshop details.
- Online Resource Center – Links and downloads related to the community economic development models that partners implement. It is scheduled for launch in March.
- Leadership Academy – A professional development series designed to develop effective, enduring staff and board leaders for grant recipients and their communities. Details will be announced in Summer 2013.
- Training alliances – Strategic alliances with nationally recognized organizations and institutions offer partners preferred access or discounted rates to high-value training opportunities.
- Project-specific technical assistance – Short- and medium-term, high-touch engagement with an Initiative staff member, approved consultant, training partner or team focused on achieving a specific objective or project outlined in an organization’s business plan. Guidelines will be announced in March.
The Initiative kicked off its technical assistance program for partners with a one-day retreat on Feb. 26 that included sessions on the state of economic development in North Carolina, racial equity and community engagement, business plan implementation and board development.
For more information on the Initiative’s technical assistance program, visit www.ncinitiative.org/innovation/technicalassistance or contact Saddler at (919) 835-6015 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The N.C. Community Development Initiative leads North Carolina’s collaborative community economic development effort, driving innovation, investment and action to create prosperous, sustainable communities. For more information, visit www.ncinitiative.org.