Community Wise

Kathy Merchant

The sum of many efforts

By Kathy Merchant
President/CEO, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Transformation of Covington's neighborhoods is advancing at a rapid pace! Just 15 years ago, only a few community organizations toiled in the trenches to slow neighborhood decline – even as the riverfront was being successfully developed in Covington and Newport. Last month we took some GCF donors to see Covington's revitalization, starting at the Center for Great Neighborhoods where community developers... More[+]


Celeb chef stirs excitement at healthy food hub

Until recently, West Harlem was a NYC community with few healthy food options for low-income residents. But that changed this month with the opening of the West Harlem Community Healthy Food Hub. Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson was on hand for a cooking demonstration alongside funder Laurie M. Tisch. West Harlem Group Assistance, a longtime LISC NYC partner, manages the site that provides a range of services including a client choice pantry, food stamp enrollment, nutritional counseling, and cooking classes. It’s all part of LISC’s place-based initiative funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund to address issues of diet-related diseases, poverty, and unemployment. More[+]...

All aboard for the Green Line

Little Mekong

When a city develops new public transit stops, communities along the line are all too often displaced and dismissed. But, not in the Twin Cities, where LISC is working with community groups and city leaders to ensure that the benefits of the new Green Line are shared by all. Built on a decade of strong planning, the redevelopment effort is bringing in new affordable housing, businesses and jobs while preserving the diversity and culture of nearby neighborhoods. More[+]...

Improving economy leaves too many behind

Indy FOC

The stock market is up. Unemployment is below 6 percent. Businesses are growing. But it's clear that not everyone is enjoying the economic recovery, says LISC's Kevin Jordan. Manufacturing jobs have not returned in force since the recession ended, and that has cut off a clear path to the middle class, with no easy alternative in sight. Low-income communities are hit particularly hard by the shift, and it will take a combination of smart economic development and an honest assessment of the national skills gap to address it. More[+]...