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As Douglass-Sumner NeighborhoodsNOW Neighborhood Moves Forward, its Matriarch Stands Vigil

By any measure, Beatrice Lee is a pillar of the Douglass-Sumner neighborhood. She was born in the northeast Kansas City, Kan., neighborhood. Raised six children there. And when things started deteriorating — when the families started leaving and the drug dealers started lurking and the vacant homes grew more and more plentiful — she remained in the neighborhood, becoming a rare champion for the area and its long history.

UDX helps demystify the complexities of urban redevelopment

In early 2014, Greater Kansas City LISC launched the Urban Developers Exchange (UDX), a quarterly forum to help support and catalyze development in the urban core.

New LISC Financing Product for Small Businesses

LISC has a new lending product to help boost commercial activity and create jobs in distressed areas.

LISC wins $60MM in New Markets Tax Credit authority to help attract businesses and jobs to low-income areas

The U.S. Treasury Department announced a $60 million allocation of New Markets Tax Credits to LISC in early June to drive economic development in some of the nation’s most distressed communities, including Kansas City.

Faxon School will be put back to productive use thanks to LISC loan

A vacant school in the Squier Park Historic District is being redeveloped into 42 affordable senior housing units thanks to a LISC loan.

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New national initiative will fuel arts and cultural investments in low-income communities

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) has launched a national effort to drive millions of dollars into arts-related businesses and cultural activities that will help transform some of America’s most distressed neighborhoods into safe, vibrant places of economic opportunity. The Kresge Foundation is providing $3.5 million in seed funding for this new “creative placemaking” initiative, which will fund projects that range from live/work spaces for artists to arts and entertainment businesses in struggling commercial corridors.


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