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U.S. Rep. John Carney addresses the Blueprint Communities symposium.
1:13 p.m., March 24, 2011----In early 2008 the University of Delaware Center for Community Research and Service
(CCRS) joined forces with the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) of
Pittsburgh to become only the third region in the country to co-sponsor
the Blueprint Communities initiative. Blueprint Communities provides
intensive training, technical assistance, coaching as well as initial
seed funding to competitively selected neighborhoods throughout the
state to help them formulate plans to revitalize their communities.
On Friday, March 18, six Blueprint Communities were recertified,
allowing for additional funding opportunities as well as in-kind
donations that will provide the resources necessary for the communities
to implement their revitalization efforts. The six teams receiving the
recertification were Eastside, Edgemoor, Hilltop/Little Italy, Historic
Overlook Colony Vicinity, Riverside, and Simonds Gardens.
U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and U.S. Rep. John Carney joined George Watson,
dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, CCRS Director Steven Peuquet
in congratulating the six teams, which have made tremendous strides in
rebuilding their neighborhoods and addressing issues that are unique to
We are very pleased with the commitment and accomplishments to date
of Delaware's Blueprint planning teams, Peuquet said, adding,
Revitalizing communities is hard work, and it's clear that the six
teams being recertified are committed to leading sustained efforts to
make their communities the best that they can be. The model for the
Blueprint program is based on strong partnerships, partnerships within
neighborhoods and across neighborhoods. We are pleased to help these
partnerships grow and succeed.
Training, technical support and continued advisement from CCRS
faculty, staff and graduate students have allowed for each team to
develop leadership and strategic planning capabilities. As a result,
each team has made great strides in identifying key neighborhood
objectives and future goals.
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Since its 2008 inception, the Blueprint Communities project has
secured $225,000 from Jessie Ball duPont Fund for follow up training and
technical assistance; $100,000 from Delaware Community Investment
Corporation for initial seed monies; and $465,000 from FHLBank in
affordable housing and small business lending.
Much of the success of Blueprint Communities Delaware comes from the
unique collaboration of local residents, neighborhood businesses and
community stakeholders with professional assistance from organizations
such as FHLBank and CCRS. As Carney noted, The strength of the
Blueprint Communities program is that it provides the skills and
resources that allow community leaders to develop their own vision of a
strong, vibrant neighborhood.
Some of the noteworthy successes the teams have experienced since 2008 include:
For more information on this or other CCRS programs, please call 302-831-6780 or visit the website.
Photos by Evan Krape
Originally published by UDaily.