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Praise for Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credits Posted on January 3, 2017

 

As all practitioners know, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to community development; every neighborhood has its own unique opportunities and challenges. By engaging in neighborhood planning, community development organizations work with residents and local stakeholders to craft comprehensive, long-term solutions for improving...

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How Do We Know We Are Making a Difference? Impact Assessment at NJCC Posted on November 28, 2016

There is constant conversation in the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) world about the impact of community and economic development (CED) work and how it is measured. Current CED measures fall short in capturing the meaningful and lasting contributions CDFIs and other organizations have made in communities throughout the...

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Reclaiming Abandoned Properties through APRA Posted on November 4, 2016

The State of New Jersey has 565 municipalities and seldom is there one-size fits all legislation that works for all of them. Sometimes a state statute can offer something for most everyone, though. The Abandoned Properties Rehabilitation Act (APRA) has been implemented in a variety of ways throughout the state. The tools afforded to...

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The Role of CDFIs in Disaster Recovery: Lessons Learned from the Gap Funding Initiative (GFI) Program Posted on October 17, 2016

When Superstorm Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City the night of October 29, 2012, no one could have guessed that the recovery process would be a multi-year effort. Over the next few days and weeks it became apparent that the damage to New Jersey, and especially its coastline and iconic shore towns, was unprecedented. While Community...

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