Community Development Corporations Association of Greater Cincinnati
will host its first State of Community Development conference March 17 to provide networking opportunities for community developers as well as resources to better connect and market themselves within their respective neighborhoods.
Community development corporations, or CDCs, are nonprofits that lead the effort to implement a community’s vision, specifically when it comes to housing and business development. CDCs usually form when the private market has left a neighborhood but there remains a need to improve property values and decrease the number of blighted and vacant buildings.
Currently, 36 community development corporations operate within Cincinnati, spurring development projects in the city’s 52 neighborhoods. Here is a sampling of projects that are products of Cincinnati’s CDCs:
The Camp Washington Community Board
has been working for years to give Camp the housing its residents needs. As of May 2015, the organization had renovated 52 neighborhood houses
The Center for Great Neighborhoods
focuses on creative placemaking in Covington, including facilitating arts grants. In September, CGN broke ground on its newest venture, Hellmann Creative Center
, which will house community and event space as well as leasable art studios.
The Cincinnati Northside Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation
changed its name last April to Northsiders Engaged in Sustainable Transformation (NEST). Up to that point, the group had created 17 single-family homes in Northside
College Hill CURC
has been working hard over the past year to provide the neighborhood business district on Hamilton Avenue a much-needed facelift. Most recently, CHCURC announced a new brewery
will open this summer in a vacant storefront building.
The Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation
is another CDC working on creative placemaking efforts within its neighborhood. Last year, MCURC hosted its second annual Cincinnati Jazz & BBQ Festival
with the help of a $9,000 ArtsWave grant.
Last spring, the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation
launched a campaign to combat obesity
throughout the neighborhood. It started a creative placemaking initiative called Music Off McMillan
in August and has hosted regular social events in the Five Points alleyway. WHRF headed up renovation of the high-profile Trevarren Flats
apartment building and purchased the old Paramount Building in the core of its struggling McMillan Avenue business district.
Registration for the March 17 event is by invitation only; find more information here