Vital neighborhoods are the lifeblood of strong communities, and strengthening communities is North Star’s reason for being.
Nashville, TN (PRWEB) August 22, 2012
Community branding specialist North Star Destination Strategies is one of a select group of marketing professionals from across the nation chosen to participate in a non-profit federal program designed to reposition the image and brand of distressed neighborhoods in order to bolster housing demand and increase private sector investment.
The initiative is one of the many programs launched by NeighborWorks America, a federal organization charged in part with community stabilization and growth. Representing communities from coast to coast, 16 NeighborWorks members received grants for the program. North Star is partnering with the NeighborWorks member from Chicago, Illinois (Neighborhood Housing Services) in West Humboldt Park and the member from Poughkeepsie, New York (Hudson River Housing) for the Middle Main neighborhood. Intensive research is currently underway in both communities with a fall completion date scheduled.
“North Star is thrilled to be part of such an important program,” says Don McEachern, North Star CEO. “Vital neighborhoods are the lifeblood of strong communities, and strengthening communities is North Star’s reason for being.
“Because neighborhoods are the place where people most naturally and socially interact, they can be an effective starting point for positive change,” he continued. Most of the neighborhoods participating in this program have an important . . . even iconic . . . place in the larger community history. They have just been hit particularly hard by America’s housing and financial crisis.”
The NeighborWorks America marketing initiative follows analysis that suggests communities hard hit by foreclosure face challenges of weak image and poor public perception, causing many prospective homebuyers, renters and small businesses to be wary of putting down roots in these neighborhoods. This is too often the case despite an abundance of affordable homes, attractive amenities, and active, engaged residents.
North Star Destination Strategies is a full-service place branding and research agency located in Nashville, TN. Having worked with more than 150 communities in 37 states nationwide, North Star is considered an industry leader in the field of community and destination research and branding. North Star specializes in regional economic development branding, destination branding, city branding and community-wide branding and has worked with downtowns, neighborhoods, local organizations, parks and recreation, cities, counties, regions and states.