March 4, 2013 – The N.C. Community Development Initiative provided four scholarships for partner organizations to attend the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government’s Community Development Academy March 12-14 and April 23-25.
The intensive six-day course covers the concepts, methods and strategies of community economic development and provides community development practitioners with significant perspective and practical skills surrounding community development in North Carolina.
The Initiative awarded scholarships to staff members at four of its partner organizations:
- Kathie Brantley, project manager for Prosperity Unlimited, Kannapolis
- Gayle Fernandez, executive director for Robeson County Community Development Corp., Pembroke
- Olivia Gaddy-Fisher, homeownership program coordinator for Lexington Community Development Corp., Lexington
- Jess Kryzenske, community development manager for HandMade in America, Asheville
The Initiative is partnering with the School of Government to offer these scholarships annually. In addition, the school will be a key partner in offering training to the sector through the Initiative’s technical assistance program. The first of these, “Local Governments: Partners in Community Revitalization,” will be led by Tyler Mulligan, assistant professor of public law and government, at UNC on May 14.
“The Community Development Academy is an extremely valuable resource for our sector and we are excited to partner with the School of Government to offer these scholarships and trainings to our community partners as part of our technical assistance program,” said LaVett Saddler, the Initiative’s program officer for innovations, who directs the program.
For more information on the Initiative’s technical assistance program, contact Saddler at (919) 835-6015 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.ncinitiative.org/innovation/technicalassistance.
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.