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Community Development Through a Rural LensCommunity Development Through a Rural Lens

A special blog post by Suzanne Anarde, Rural LISC Program Vice President, introduces the "Spotlight on Rural" series at LISC's Institute for Comprehensive Community Development.

CEI supports new business making fireplace logs . . . from waste hay

Rural LISC Partner CDC Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), in cooperation with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, is helping to create a new business for the Bragdon Farm in Waterville, Maine – making carbon neutral fireplace logs from waste hay .

Learn about this innovative business and take a tour of the Bragdon Farm with CEI's Cole Palmer and Peter Bragdon, owner of Bragdon Farm – by clicking the link below.  The Bragdon Farm initiative was also recently featured in FHLB Boston's Results magazine.  Read the story here.

CDC in the Spotlight

Hope in Life

In a rural Alaska community that desperately needed a way of making lasting changes in the lives of its people, especially its young people experiencing confusion and hopelessness, Rural LISC's Partner CDC RurAL CAP helped to successfully open the door.

The Lace Mill artist housing nears completion

Rural LISC provided $16 million in funds through low-income housing and historic preservation tax credits to Partner CDC RUPCO, Inc., for The Lace Mill, a 55-unit artist co-op complex housed in the historic, newly renovated U.S. Lace Curtain Factory building in downtown Kingston, N.Y. The project is now 75 percent complete, and The Lace Mill is currently accepting applicants through March 31, 2015. The application can be found on the RUPCO website here: http://rupco.org/the-lace-mill-application/. Take a virtual tour:

Funder in the Spotlight: PNC

Funder in the Spotlight: PNC

Rural LISC is pleased to report that PNC has stepped forward with generous grant funding to help boost the revitalization and community-building efforts of Rural LISC Partner CDCs in PNC’s market area. The recent grant will support Rural LISC’s CDC Capacity Building Program for 14 Partner CDCs and one Strategic Partner in PNC market areas in 12 states.

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