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Challenging but transformative—that's how LISC's Michael Rubinger, in an interview on Morning Joe, described the work of helping lift low-income neighborhoods across America.
LISC Phoenix is using transit and Transit Oriented Development as a platform for community development in the valley. The strategic initiative, Our Future is on the Line, launched in 2013 responds to the potential for sustainable and equitable development created by the light rail system in our region. It emphasizes the urgency and need to provide development alternatives that can reduce transportation costs, improve air quality, promote healthy living, increase our economic competitiveness and build livable communities.
Terry Benelli, a veteran community development leader, will be the new executive director of LISC Phoenix. Benelli comes to LISC from the Neighborhood Economic Development Corp. (NEDCO) where she served as executive director for seven years. “We are very pleased and fortunate to have Terry join the LISC team and to lead our local efforts for continued success in the Valley of the Sun,” said Michael Rubinger, LISC president and CEO. Read more
Do investments in low-income neighborhoods really make a difference? In a new study by LISC, the answer is yes. The report shows that in neighborhoods where LISC invested heavily, jobs and incomes each grew 9 percent more than in similar communities with little or no investment.
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