As we close out 2018, we are pleased to feature Captain Dean Isabella of the Providence Police Department in conversation with Maurice. Isabella is a longtime partner of LISC’s Safety & Justice program and a tireless advocate for a community-oriented approach to policing. He shares his insight into the benefits of police-resident partnerships and the imperative of a holistic strategy for crime reduction and nurturing safe neighborhoods. More information on LISC’s Safety & Justice work in Providence and beyond can be found here.
In the course of our incredibly busy work year, it’s easy to forget to take a step back and reflect on the gifts we receive every day. Thanksgiving can be that reminder: to take stock of the extraordinary efforts of our partners and the members of the communities where we invest, efforts that catalyze opportunity and wellbeing for all Americans.
Federal policy plays a huge role in community development efforts and no federal policy has been a hotter topic this year than opportunity zones. For this podcast, we have special guest Lisa Hall–a Senior Fellow at the Beeck Center at Georgetown University focusing on the inclusive economy–who has been on the forefront of thinking about how this new incentive will impact local communities.
Maurice A. Jones and Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) co-authored a blog for The Hill, making a strong case for how Opportunity Zones can attract unprecedented capital to underinvested places—if the necessary oversight and guiderails are in place. Under the right circumstances, OZs could channel some $6 trillion into American communities, leveraging local talent, assets and inclusive development already underway.
As we reflect on LISC at 40 we will be integrating local and national thought leadership on the broader work ahead. For this podcast, we highlight the richness culture plays in moving a local agenda forward. Joining us this month is LISC San Diego’s Executive Director, Ricardo Flores. Hear about LISC San Diego’s cultural preservation strategy and the ways local community assets can be instrumental in coordinating policy efforts.