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THE NOVOGRADAC JOURNAL OF TAX CREDITS HONORS SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

NDC Corporate Equity Fund and Brownstone Affordable Housing Ltd. will receive honorable mention for the 2014 Developments of Distinction Awards, which will be presented at the Novogradac Tax Credit Developers Conference, Jan. 8-9, 2015 at the Mandarin Oriental Miami in Miami, Fla. The Developments of Distinction Awards were awarded to development teams for exceptional achievement in the development of properties using the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), and/or tax credit developments using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) financing.

See official Press Release Here! Novogradac Award Winners 2014

NEW ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY TO OFFICIALLY BREAK GROUND IN NORTHAMPTON, MA

NDC Corporate Equity Fund will join local officials, project partners, developers and investors at the Official Groundbreaking for Christopher Heights of Northampton tomorrow, November 21st at the project site.

Christopher Heights Groundbreaking

The Christopher Heights of Northampton project is the new construction of an 50,000 square foot assisted living facility located in the Village Hill neighborhood of Northampton, MA. The 1.3 acre site formally housed a state hospital and is being redeveloped under the direction of Massachusetts Development Finance Authority (MassDev). The $13.4 million project will consist of 83- assisted living units, 17 of the units will be designated for individuals with incomes below 30% of AMI and 26 for residents with incomes below 60% of AMI. In partnership with the Grantham Group of Boston, NDC Corporate Equity Fund contributed LIHTC capital from NDC Corporate Equity Fund XI.

 

NDC teams up with the Broad Tax Extenders Coalition in Support of Extending Expired and Expiring Tax Provisions

Today, NDC along with over 500 organizations, representing millions of individuals, businesses of all sizes, community development organizations and non-profit organizations, urged Congress to act in the Lame Duck session to extend seamlessly the expired and expiring tax provisions this year to provide a necessary bridge to comprehensive tax reform. These tax provisions are critically important to U.S. jobs and the broader economy. Enacting a seamless extension of the expired tax provisions will provide important predictability necessary for economic growth.

See Tax Extender Sign On Letters Below:

Tax Extenders Sign On Letter November 18 2014_House

Tax Extenders Sign On Letter November 18 2014_Senate

New Affordable Housing Townhome Complex in Baxter, MN Announces Full Occupancy

Congratulations to our partners Central Minnesota Housing Partnership (CMHP) on the completion of Sprucewood Townhomes in Baxter, MN. All 34 townhome units available for residents earning 60% or less of AMI are filled, including the 4 units designated for Long Term Homeless families. Sprucewood is CMHP’s first project to incorporate solar energy to assist with electrical expenses. To date, the project has produced enough energy to light the Eiffel Tower for 60 hours.

NDC Corporate Equity Fund (CEF) contributed LIHTC Equity from NDC CEF Fund X, to assist in the project completion.

 

Sprucewood Townhomes Baxter, MN

Sprucewood Townhomes Baxter, MN

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Sprucewood Townhomes Baxter, MN

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Solar array on Sprucewood Townhomes Baxter, MN

CMHP will host an Open House Wednesday November 19th from 10am to noon at project location, 14304 Grand Oaks Dr. Baxter, MN. More about Sprucewood Townhomes HERE!

Black History Museum to Celebrate Official Groundbreaking at New Project Location

 

Richmond, VA- (November 6, 2014) The City of Richmond has officially announced the groundbreaking for the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia.   The museum occupies the historic Leigh Street Armory building that was redeveloped to house the museum and cultural center.  The ceremony will take place at the project location at 10am today.

Built in 1895, The Leigh Street Armory building holds significant historic importance to the City of Richmond’s African American Community. Originally built as an armory for African American militia, later the building was repurposed as a school for African American children. During World War II it served as a social hall and a reception center for black soldiers, before falling into a disrepair.

After renovations the Leigh Street Armory building will house the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. The museum will have more than 12,000 square feet of exhibit space, to tell a story of African American Culture from 1619 to present day. In addition to permanent and temporary exhibit space the museum has a grand exhibit hall, which will double as a community space. The design incorporates a café that will invoke the ambiance of the old Woolworth’s lunch counter and other symbols of the Civil Rights Movement.

Working with the City of Richmond, The National Development Council provided technical assistance to the City’s Economic and Community Development Department, providing direction and assistance in budget development and devising an ownership structure for the museum. Redevelopment financing includes funding from federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits, state grant funds, and a Section 108 loan from the City.

“Through our Technical Assistance contract with the City, National Development Council was able to secure a HUD Section 108 Loan and ensure the availability of funds crucial to completing the project” said Regina Celestin “We are proud to support the efforts of the City of Richmond in the redevelopment of Leigh Street Armory building, creating a permanent home for the Black History Museum”

About National Development Council 

Founded in 1969, the National Development Council (NDC) is a national non-profit organization that has evolved into one of the most progressive and innovative community and economic development organizations in the country.  From a seminal role in the earliest days of the community development movement, NDC has grown into one of the most comprehensive providers of financing, development expertise, technical assistance and training for community revitalization efforts throughout the U.S.  www.nationaldevelopmentcouncil.org

Tri-State Biodiesel Official Groundbreaking Generates Media Buzz in Bridgeport!

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Mayor Williams Joined Discover Bank and National Development Council Announce the Grow Wilmington Fund

Mayor Dennis P. Williams joined James J. Roszkowski, President of Discover Bank; Bill Young of National Development Council; and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development to announce the Grow Wilmington Fund, an innovative, loan fund for established small businesses. The fund has been created through the cooperation of Wilmington UDAG Corporation, Discover Bank and the National Development Council.

The Office of Economic Development looks to use the Grow Wilmington Fund to promote job growth and economic development in the City of Wilmington through the expansion of existing businesses and recruitment of new businesses. Grow Wilmington offers attractive interest rates, extended terms to benefit eligible Wilmington businesses.

“I would like to thank Discover Bank, the National Development Council and other community stakeholders for their commitment to supporting the economic vitality of the City of Wilmington,” said Mayor Williams. “The Grow Wilmington Fund will allow the City to support the expansion of existing businesses and attract new businesses to provide increased job opportunities to local residents.”

Discover Bank’s participation in this program represents its commitment to the continued economic development, growth and vitality in Delaware.

“Discover is proud to be part of this program that supports small size businesses and the City of Wilmington,” said James J. Roszkowski, president of Discover Bank. “We look forward to continuing to build upon our longstanding commitment to supporting local businesses and communities since we first established Discover Bank in Delaware.”

NDC will work with the City of Wilmington through its affiliate Community Development Financial Institution, the Grow America Fund (GAF), a SBA licensed Small Business Lending Company, to deliver professional underwriting, servicing, and portfolio management services; along with technical assistance to local established businesses.

“Participating in the Grow Wilmington Fund, a truly unique public/private business lending partnership, allows NDC to assist Wilmington small businesses and support Mayor Williams’ community revitalization efforts,” said Bill Young, board member of The National Development Council.

“NDC would like to thank both of our partners for their investment, and Discover Bank for their generous grant funding which makes this effort to promote investment and create jobs in the City of Wilmington possible,” said Daniel Marsh EVP of the National Development Council.

The Grow Wilmington Fund is available to qualified, existing businesses in operation for at least three years, with less than 500 employees, and revenues generally between $500,000 and $20 million.

Grow Wilmington Fund loans will range from $150,000 to $4,000,000. However, the amount a business can borrow is subject to underwriting guidelines and loan fund availability. Once obtained, loan funds may be used for:

  • Working Capital – to be repaid over 10 years
  • Machinery and Equipment – to be repaid over 10 years
  • Real estate acquisition and/or renovation of owner-occupied businesses – to be repaid over 25 years
  • Tenant improvements – to be repaid over the life of the lease

As a mission-driven loan fund, Grow Wilmington is focused on the creation of new jobs in the City. Serving as a mechanism to invite new businesses into the City of Wilmington, the Grow Wilmington loan fund can help generate commerce and foster a supportive environment for businesses to succeed.

 

More Media coverage below,

http://www.wdel.com/story.php?id=63637

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/10/28/wilmingtons-smart-move-future-growth/18083499/

MAYOR TO HOLD GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY AT BRIDGEPORT ECO-INDUSTRIAL PARK

Bridgeport, CT- Mayor Bill Finch will host a groundbreaking celebration today to mark the construction of a new manufacturing and distribution facility for Tri-State Biodiesel in Bridgeport, CT. The event will take place at The Bridgeport Eco-Industrial Park (Andover Street) on Friday October 24, 2014 at 10:30am.

 

The Tri-State Biodiesel project is part of a significant green investment into the Bridgeport Eco-Industrial Park that supports the creation of new “green collar” jobs. Tri-State Biodiesel expects to create an additional 25 jobs, targeted to residents of the low-income community, within the first two years of operation.

 

“We’re thrilled that Tri-State Biodiesel is expanding in Bridgeport, Conn.,” said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. “In Bridgeport, we believe that cities need to take leadership in going green for the sake of future generations. And, we’re winning the future by developing Eco-Technology Park – an incubator for business growth and home to hundreds of green jobs – with the support of successful companies like Tri-State Biodiesel. It’s one of the many reasons why Bridgeport is getting better every day.”

 

Capital provided by NDC’s Grow America Fund will support the construction of a new state-of-the-art bio refinery, where Tri-State Biodiesel will manufacture and distribute biodiesel fuel. NDC’s Grow America Fund also partnered with the The JPMorgan Chase Foundation’s Collaboratives Program, which is designed to help small business lenders build capacity and to jumpstart job creation in low- and moderate-income communities.

 

“Tri-State Biodiesel is exactly the type of company which the Grow America Fund, NDC’s wholly-owned small business lending affiliate, seeks to support with long-term, low cost financing,” observes Kevin Gremse, an NDC field director who has worked in the Bridgeport market for over a decade. Gremse further states  “not only does this business perfectly complement Mayor Finch’s program to diversify the economy with an Eco-Industrial Park, Tri-State Biodiesel is a business that has one the highest job growth prospects in Bridgeport in several years.”

 

About National Development Council 

Founded in 1969, the National Development Council (NDC) is a national non-profit organization that has evolved into one of the most progressive and innovative community and economic development organizations in the country.  From a seminal role in the earliest days of the community development movement, NDC has grown into one of the most comprehensive providers of financing, development expertise, technical assistance and training for community revitalization efforts throughout the U.S.  www.nationaldevelopmentcouncil.org

 

About NDC’s Grow America Fund

NDC’s Grow America Fund (GAF) is a New York City Based Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) licensed under US SBA preferred lenders program (PLP). GAF focuses on providing flexible and patient expansion loans to existing small businesses, manufacturers and distributors. www.ndcgaf.org

 

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SBA Loan to Empanada Manufacturer Brings Jobs to North Bergen

Nuchas, LLC uses SBA 504 Loan to purchase a new manufacturing facility in North Bergen, New Jersey

North Bergen, New Jersey - Nuchas, LLC Is the recipient of the first small business loan from a newly created SBA 504 Loan Fund established by NDC’s Grow America Fund in partnership with Edison Development Corporation.  Nuchas, LLC has been awarded a loan to help them purchase a new 8,000 square foot manufacturing facility in North Bergen, NJ.  NDC’s Grow America Fund also partnered with the The JPMorgan Chase Foundation’s Collaboratives Program, which is designed to help small business lenders build capacity and to jumpstart job creation in low- and moderate-income communities.

 
“The new manufacturing facility will bring an additional 20 jobs in the next 2 years to North Bergen” Said John Palyo, President of NDC Grow America Fund. “This is exactly the kind of business and impact we get excited about.  The SBA 504 Loan will give Nuchas the capital it needs to expand into the new wholesale business venture and in turn bring economic opportunity to North Bergen.”

 
Nuchas is a New York City based empanada vender.  The company was founded by Argentinian born Ariel Barbouth. During a trip home to Argentina he recognized the potential for an artisan inspired empanada niche market within the United States. Nuchas was founded in 2009, since then, the Nuchas brand has grown significantly. Today Barbouth serves customers in locations across New York City, Long Island and New Jersey.  The Nuchas Food Truck was winner of the people’s choice award for the 2014 Vendy Awards.

 
“We are honored to receive the loan from NDC’s Grow America Fund and Edison Development Corporation.” Said Ariel Barnouth “2014 has been a very terrific year for Nuchas, we look forward to our exciting future, expansion and creating job opportunities.”

 
GAF was introduced to Nuchas by Alek Marfisi of the Midtown Manhattan Small Business Development Center, one of GAF’s community partners. Capital for this loan was provided by PNC Bank through Edison County Development Corporation, New York Business Development Corporation and the JP Morgan Chase SME Collaborative Grant.

 
About National Development Council  
Founded in 1969, the National Development Council (NDC) is a national non-profit organization that has evolved into one of the most progressive and innovative community and economic development organizations in the country.  From a seminal role in the earliest days of the community development movement, NDC has grown into one of the most comprehensive providers of financing, development expertise, technical assistance and training for community revitalization efforts throughout the U.S.  www.nationaldevelopmentcouncil.org

About NDC’s Grow America Fund
NDC’s Grow America Fund (GAF) is a New York City Based Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) licensed under US SBA preferred lenders program (PLP). GAF focuses on providing flexible and patient expansion loans to existing small businesses, manufacturers and distributors. www.ndcgaf.org

Makah Tribe Celebrates Grand Opening of New Dock Financed with New Markets Tax Credit Equity

Neah Bay, WA- The Makah Dock celebrated an official Grand Opening on Friday October 10th, 2014. The NDC New Markets Tax Credit Project and reciepient of Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits’s Community Development Award, supplies new capacity to the Neah Bay community, helping the Makah Tribe expand its fishing industry, create new jobs, and increase economic competitiveness of both tribal and non-tribal Pacific Northwest fisheries resources.

NDC’s Matt Calcavecchia and Michelle Morlan were able to attend the event held at the dock, below are some photos from the event.

 

Makah Dock 7 Dance NMTC Project for the Makah Fishing Dock in Neah Bay, Washington

Makah Dock Celebration
NMTC Project for the Makah Fishing Dock in Neah Bay, Washington

NMTC Project for the Makah Fishing Dock in Neah Bay, Washington

NMTC Project for the Makah Fishing Dock in Neah Bay, Washington

NMTC Project for the Makah Fishing Dock in Neah Bay, Washington

NMTC Project for the Makah Fishing Dock in Neah Bay, Washington

NMTC Project for the Makah Fishing Dock in Neah Bay, Washington

NMTC Project for the Makah Fishing Dock in Neah Bay, Washington

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NMTC Project for the Makah Fishing Dock in Neah Bay, Washington

NMTC Project for the Makah Fishing Dock in Neah Bay, Washington

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About the Makah Dock

The Tribe partnered with The National Development Council and Wells Fargo to raise the equity necessary for this vital project. The National Development Council’s $7.8m qualified equity investment in the $13.7M project was combined with financing from Wells Fargo.

The Makah Docks Community Impacts Include:

  • Provision of critical facilities for over 90 different small businesses, mostly minority business enterprises that depend on the dock to offload their catch and sell to buyers.
  • Preservation of more than 400 FTEs currently employed by fishing operations who use the dock.
  • Approximately $7 million per year in direct and indirect economic benefits are generated from the value of the fish caught and off-loaded at the facility. This generates more than $600k per year in annual revenue for the Tribe.
  • Restoration of a critical emergency response launch site for vessel rescue and spill response operations in the area.
  • Creation of a safer working conditions for those working on the docks.

More Info HERE, from Wells Fargo Community Impact Video

UW Medicine South Lake Union Campus Celebrated

Seattle, Washington— Members of the development team for UW Medicine’s South Lake Union biomedical research campus, comprised of UW Medicine, Vulcan Real Estate Inc., Sellen Construction, Perkins+Will and National Development Council gathered together to receive awards from the National Council for Public-Private Partnership honoring UW Medicine’s south lake union biomedical research facility.  The project won the Innovation Project Award.  An award celebrating the best public-private partnership projects in the country.  The campus currently occupies two city blocks in South Lake Union and contains four buildings featuring state-of-the-art” biomedical research laboratories.

“The NCPPP Awards program recognizes those organizations and individuals going above and beyond to advance the concept and implementation of public-private partnerships across the country,” said NCPPP President Art Smith. “We are proud to recognize innovators and leaders whose work serves as exemplary partnership models.”

“UW Medicine’s interdisciplinary research facilities at South Lake Union are key to our ability to continue to be an international leader in biomedical research well into the 21st Century,” said Dr. Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine.  “Our most recently completed building supports research collaboration across organizational and disciplinary lines and is designed to accelerate the translation of basic science discoveries to improve human health.”

“UW Medicine South Lake Union is the model of what true P3 and a great team can accomplish.” Said Anthony Gianopoulos, Associate Principal at the architecture firm Perkins+Will, “It’s a stunning display of architecture, functionality and fiscal responsiveness.”

“We have been successful at UW Medicine South Lake union not only because our team is remarkably skilled and qualified but also because the collaborative nature of our approach allows us to sit down at the table together and combine our expertise, allowing us to work off each other.” Said John Finke, Team Leader of NDC’s HEDC Public-Private Partnerships.  “This is Public-Private Partnership at its best, producing optimal results for all involved.”

More about UW Medicine South Lake Union Campus

In the summer of 2003, University of Washington School of Medicine began renovating the Brotman Building.  The project was the first step in UW Medicine’s multi-phase development plan to build a state-of-the-art biomedical research campus in South Lake Union.  The development plan for the UW Medicine was an important catalyst in the redevelopment of the South Lake Union Neighborhood that has grown significantly with the addition of several mixed-use housing options, restaurants, retail stores, and the office headquarters for Amazon.com.

The currently completed campus consists of three state-of-the-art laboratory buildings and one office building. It totals 542,000 square-feet, with a total bond issue of more than $362 million.  Plans to continue development (Phases 3.2 and 3.3) will add two new buildings to the same city block as Phase 3.1.  With the completion of Phase 3.3, the entire UW Medicine Lake Union Campus will consist of six buildings and 903,000 square-feet of office and life sciences laboratory space.

More information on the Development Partners

NDC HEDC Public-Private Partnerships: www.ndcppp.org

Perkins+Will Seattle: http://perkinswill.com/work/perkins%20will-seattle-office.html

Sellen Construction: http://www.sellen.com/

UW Medicine: http://www.uwmedicine.org/research

Vulcan Real Estate: http://vulcanrealestate.com/

 

 

 

HILLTOP REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER ACHIEVES LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION

Congratulations to NDC’s NMTC Project, Hilltop Regional Health Center  in Tacoma, WA! Hilltop announced this week that they have achieved LEED gold certification under the LEED for New Construction Rating System with a total of 60 points. LEED certification identifies Community Health Care Hilltop Regional Health Center as a showcase example of sustainable design and demonstrates your leadership in transforming the building industry.

Hilltop Regional Health Center in Tacoma provides primary medical,dental and supportive health care services to low income and uninsured patients. The NMTC project involved the new construction of a 59,100 sq. ft. health care facility. It also included the construction of a parking structure adjacent to the center that provides 250 parking spaces for clinic staff and patients. The facility is located in a low – income, medically underserved neighborhood with a poverty rate of 40.8%, median family income of 48.1% and unemployment rate of 2.45 times the national average

NDC’s $10 million Qualified New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Equity Investment in the $26.7 million project was combined with financing from US Bank. Additional NMTC allocation provided by US Bancorp CDC and the Low Income Investment Fund, resulting in the creation of 60 construction jobs and 86 permanent jobs.

 

NDC to Assist Madison County Housing Authority Rehabilitate May Apartments in Edwardsville, IL

National Development Council is assisting the Madison County Housing Authority with a HUD mixed finance project in Edwardsville, IL.  NDC  is acting as part of the development team and is assisting with all aspects of the project including underwriting, securing financing, managing construction, and leasing.

The project known as the May Apartments includes the rehabilitation of 46 units and construction of 24 new units on the same site for senior and disabled residents. The contractor broke ground on the project on September 19th.

Kings Theatre in Flatbush Brooklyn Generating Media Buzz Following Press Tour!

The Kings Theatre restoration in Flatbush Brooklyn is receiving vast local and national press coverage. On September 16th,  NDC joined project partners and investors to host a media tour.

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NDC NMTC Project Honored at the Novogradac Historic Tax Credit Conference.

Chicago, IL- At an award ceremony held during the Novogradac Historic Tax Credit Conference at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, the Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits honored the recipients of the 2014 Historic Rehabilitation Awards.  Award winners were recognized for their “exceptional achievement in preservation using the historic rehabilitation tax credit (HTC)”. Recipients of the Historic Rehabilitation Award were recognized in three categories: Major Community Impact, Overcoming Significant Obstacles and Financial Innovation.

Novogradac & Company LLP honored Steeple View Lofts as an Honorable Mention winner in the Historic Development that Best Exemplifies Major Community Impact.

“Recipients of the Historic Rehabilitation Awards represent some of the very best work in historic preservation,” said Michael J. Novogradac, CPA and managing partner of Novogradac & Company LLP. “We are pleased to commend their accomplishments and to spotlight the importance of the historic tax credit in revitalizing communities.”

Steeple View Lofts on North Water Street in Lancaster, PA exemplifies how the revival of a historic asset can have major impacts on a community.  Located in the City’s Gallery Row Arts district, the North Water Street Development, now known in the community as Steeple View Lofts, includes 36 senior apartments and 10,200 Sq.Ft of street-level retail and office space. Downtown Lancaster is a highly walkable community with creative parks and community space. Today, the Gallery Row Arts district, where the project is located, is a thriving commercial district, offering restaurants, retail and art galleries that attract people in the area both day and evening.  Historic Tax Credits were utilized in the financing of Steeple View Lofts, the project created affordable rental commercial space and increased affordable housing options for the growing senior population in the Lancaster community as well as adding foot traffic and stability to Gallery Row.

Please visit Novogradac & Company LLP for more information on 2014 Historic Rehabilitation Award recipients.

Click here to read the official Novogradac press release.

http://www.novoco.com/company/press/2014/pr_htc_awards_winners_081514.pdf

NEW CITY HALL PLANNED IN BOTHELL

Bothell, WA- The City of Bothell will mark the construction of its new City Hall at a official groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday September 3 at 10am on the project site. Located at 18305 101st Ave North East, the project will play in integral role in the revitalization efforts downtown.

“It is Bothell’s prudent fiscal policies and smart investments that have made it possible to move forward with the city hall project,” explained John Finke, senior program manager at National Development Council. “We’re proud to be a partner in this exciting project.” Working with the National Development Council, the City of Bothell is facilitating the City Hall development financing through a lease/leaseback financing structure using 63-20 Bonds, a form of tax exempt bonds. Upon substantial completion of the project the facilitating non-profit, National Development Council, will leaseback the City Hall project to the City of Bothell.  Ownership of the City Hall will transfer to the City at no additional cost when the lease (debt) payments are fully paid.

Located in the heart of Bothell’s downtown, the city hall and multi-use campus is a key element of the City’s downtown revitalization plan that has already attracted over $200 million in private investment and is expected to stimulate an additional $450 million in private investment over the coming years.

Read More HERE: http://www.globest.com/news/12_932/west/development/New-City-Hall-Planned-for-Bothell-349742.html

CDFI Fund Awards NDC’s Grow America Fund with $1,750,000 for Small Business Lending

The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) awarded NDC’s Grow America Fund, Inc. (GAF) a $1.75 million grant under its financial assistance program. The announcement was part of $160 million to more than 150 organizations who applied for the fiscal year 2014 round of the CDFI Program. The CDFI Fund’s Financial Assistance Program creates opportunity in America’s underserved communities by providing access to affordable financial products and services by investing in private, for-profit and nonprofit organizations serving rural and urban low-income people and communities across the nation that lack access to affordable financial products and services.
This is the fifth award from the CDFI Fund to GAF. The grant funds will be used to make loans to small business in more than fifty distressed communities across the United States. GAF is the nation’s first and until recently was the only U.S. Small Business Administration-licensed small business lending company (SBLC) owned and operated by a nonprofit organization.  GAF’s mission is aligned with the parent organization, National Development Council, to create jobs, stimulate investment, and build the strength of the entrepreneurial and small business base in low-income communities by lending to small businesses.

National Development Council Selects First Woman, Minority Chair

The National Development Council, a mission based non-profit community development organization, is pleased to announce the selection of Saundra Hudson to serve as the Council’s Chairperson of the Board. Ms. Hudson is the first woman and minority to chair the organization. She is replacing Samuel S. Beard, founder of The National Development Council (NDC).

“I am honored to be NDC’s new Chair and humbled to follow Samuel Beard in the role,” Ms. Hudson said. “I believe that NDC represents the best of what a national for-purpose economic and community development organization can offer and successfully deliver: affordable housing, small business lending, economic revitalizing and professional training for everyone from developers to practitioners.”

Ms. Hudson’s successful career in several industries has led her to her role as Chairperson of the Board at NDC. In New York at IBM Corporation, she worked in technology as a Systems Programmer. Later, she returned to her roots in St. Louis where she continued in the technology field with Olin Corporation as Manager of Information Systems. Ms. Hudson left the corporate world to purchase a franchise which she operated for eight years and helped to strengthen her understanding of capital raising and job creation. Although varied, all aspects of her career path share one common thread, problem-solving. She transitioned this analytical skill-set to her work as President and CEO of the Madison County Urban League. Judge Duane Bailey, Board Chairperson of the Madison County Urban League, credited Ms. Hudson with stabilizing the organization during her tenure and expanding the group’s work into developing affordable housing. “Saundra Hudson brought a steady hand to the ship of the Madison County Urban League,” he said. Her work in the Madison County Affordable Housing market was where Ms. Hudson was first introduced to NDC nearly twenty years ago.

Ms. Hudson was invited to join the NDC Board of Directors in 2007, because of her extensive experience and community engagement in Madison County, IL. Inspired by her parents, who taught her that education is the key to improving one’s station in life. She is a passionate advocate for human rights and has fought for quality public education with the goal of leveraging the future for children, especially those who live in an urban environment. Ms. Hudson has served as an elected member of the Edwardsville, IL School Board for sixteen years, as well as a member of the three-person financial oversight panel appointed by the Illinois Board of Education for East St. Louis Public Schools.

“Ms. Hudson truly understands what our organization does in the trenches in our communities, NDC is fortunate to have her serve in such an important role as Chairperson of our Board,” said NDC President Robert W. Davenport “Her insight on issues facing our communities is thoughtful and inspiring. She is a strong, passionate, and fearless leader and has been a true partner to NDC over the years.”

Mr. Beard founded NDC, and for forty-five years has served as NDCs only Chairman. He will continue to serve on the Board of Directors and help plan the future of NDC. He will use his experience and wealth of contacts to take the organization to new heights and help lessen its dependency on federal funding.

“Sam has been a strong and inspiring leader of NDC from its inception through difficult economic times until today. He is a brilliant collaborator, with a deeply humanistic view of community development. I am delighted that he will continue to be my friend, colleague, and advisor on the Board,” Hudson said.

“It has been an honor to have served as the Chairman of the Board for the National Development Council since 1969,” Mr. Beard said. “During this time I have seen NDC grow into one of the leading community development organizations in the country. Saundra brings new and creative ideas to this leadership role, and I am looking forward to her success as we continue to support the efforts of NDC.”

About National Development Council
Founded in 1969, the National Development Council (NDC) is a national non-profit organization that has evolved into one of the most progressive and innovative community and economic development organizations in the country. From a seminal role in the earliest days of the community development movement, NDC has grown into one of the most comprehensive providers of financing, development expertise, technical assistance and training for community revitalization efforts throughout the U.S. NDC is headquartered in New York City with offices in Seattle, WA and Edgewood, KY. For more information visit http://www.NationalDevelopmentCouncil.org.

PHOTOS FROM OMAK FAMILY HEALTH CENTER GRAND OPENING

The National Development Council was honored to be part of the Grand Opening Celebration at the Omak Family Health Center on August 12, 2014. Thank you to NDC’s West Team Director Pat Thomson for sending photos of the event.

Event Attendees included Senator Maria Cantwell, Representative Shelly Short, Representative Joel Kretz, Omak Mayor Cindy Gagne, Judge Culp, Peg Calloway, Family Health Centers Board of Directors, Bouten Construction, KDF Architecture, LISC, NDC, and Okanogan County Community Action Council.

 

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