Greater Newark LISC Gears Up For 4th Annual Neighborhood Achievement Awards for Inner City Community Development and Neighborhood Redevelopment

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Greater Newark LISC: Serving New Jersey (NJ) cities of Newark, Jersey City, Irvington, Orange, and East Orange is now reviewing nominations for the fourth annual LISC NJ Neighborhood Achievement Awards. Awards program to be held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Nov. 2, 2006.

Now in their fourth season, the LISC NJ Neighborhood Achievement Awards continue to recognize strong, innovative leadership within the community development arena in six categories:

  • Deborah Barnes Community Development Champion
  • Exemplary Private Partner
  • Exemplary State/Municipal Partner
  • Outstanding Community Development Corporation (CDC)
  • Neighborhood Impact
  • Inspirational Community Advocate

Nominations have been received from throughout the state of NJ. Award recipients will remain confidential until awards are presented on November 2nd.

The 2006 LISC NJ Neighborhood Achievement Awards are presented in partnership with the Initiative for Regional and Community Transformation, New Jersey Community Capital, and are sponsored by Wachovia.

Comments from 2 prior award winners:

Patrick Morrissy, Executive Director of HANDS, said of receiving the 2003 LISC Neighborhood Impact Award: “It was an honor and an affirmation of our work on behalf of neighborhood change to be recognized with the prestigious LISC New Jersey Neighborhood Achievement Awards. Neighborhood revitalization is not easy and it doesn’t always feel rewarding. To be recognized by LISC was a real boost to the Staff and the Board at HANDS.”

The Neighborhood Impact Award recognizes a neighborhood group or CDC whose involvement in the community has had a significant long term impact on its revitalization.

Baye Adofo-Wilson, Executive Director of Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, said of receiving the 2005 Inspirational Community Advocate Award: “Receiving the award from LISC was extremely important because it showed the continued commitment of LISC to the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District and the Lincoln Park Community in Newark. It (the Award) allowed us to hire additional staff members who gave us the capacity to increase our programmatic activities in housing development, neighborhood watch and in our community oriented programs.”

The Inspirational Community Advocate recognizes a group or individual who has made a significant contribution to community revitalization efforts through advocacy, the passage of legislation, or raising awareness around an important community development issue.

Further Award Details:

Deborah Barnes Community Development Champion Award: Deborah Barnes Community Development Champion Award: The award is named after our friend and colleague who dedicated herself to championing community causes throughout New Jersey. Debbie was a staunch advocate for grassroots efforts and served on LISC's Local Advisory Committee until her untimely death in 2003. This Award recognizes an individual in the community who, through tremendous leadership and action, has made a dramatic impact on efforts to revitalize his/her community. This individual should demonstrate long term vision for the revitalization of urban areas, as Deborah Barnes demonstrated throughout her career.

Past Community Development Champion Awardees:

  • 2005 - Carla Lerman, retired Executive Director of Episcopal Community development
  • 2004 - Diane Johnson, Newark Field Office Director of HUD
  • 2003 - Robert Guarasci, Executive Director of NJ CDC

Exemplary Private Partner Award:

Recognizes a bank, foundation, business or other private sector partner that has demonstrated the strategic importance of public-private partnerships to the revitalization of communities

Past Private Partner Awardees:

  • 2005 - Wachovia Bank
  • 2004 - PSE&G
  • 2003 - Prudential Foundation

Exemplary State/Municipal Partner Award:

Recognizes a state or local official who has been a consistent advocate and steadfast partner in the work of community development.

Past State/Municipal Partner Awardees:

  • 2005 - Caren Franzini, New Jersey Economic Development Authority
  • 2004 - Lincoln Green, Sr. Councilman for the City of Pleasantville
  • 2003 - Sean Closkey Executive Director of NJHMFA

Outstanding CDC Award:

Recognizes the efforts of an exemplary CDC that has shown leadership, dedication and achieves substantial outcomes in its community. The recipient of this award will receive a $5,000 grant.

Past Outstanding CDC Awardees:

  • 2005 - Unified Vailsburg Services Organization
  • 2004 - Tri-County Community Action Partnership
  • 2003 - Parkside Community Development Corporation

Neighborhood Impact Award:

Recognizes a neighborhood group or CDC whose involvement in the community has had a significant long term impact on the revitalization of its community. The group/ CDC recipient of this award will receive a $5,000 grant

Past Neighborhood Impact Awardees:

  • 2005 - St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society
  • 2004 - Ironbound Community Corporation
  • 2003 - Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. (HANDS)

Inspirational Community Advocate Award:

Recognizes a group or individual who has made a significant contribution to community revitalization efforts through advocacy, the passage of legislation, or raising awareness around an important community development issue.

Past Inspirational Community Advocate Awardees:

  • 2005 - Baye Adofo-Wilson, Executive Director of Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District
  • 2004 - Sgt. DeLacy Davis, Executive Director of East Orange P.A.L.
  • 2003 - Ray Ocasio, Executive Director of La Casa de Don Pedro

ABOUT LISC:

For over 15 years LISC has been focused on facilitating community development efforts in the Greater Newark area. By offering financial and technical assistance to Community Development Corporations (CDCs), LISC is effectively playing a key role in changing the landscape of the most distressed and disinvested areas in Newark, Jersey City, Irvington, East Orange and Orange.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation: Helping neighbors build communities

http://www.lisc.org/greaternewark-jerseycity

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