New York, New York (PRWEB) December 11, 2013
Robert W. Davenport, president of the National Development Council (NDC), spoke to an audience of community and economic development stakeholders from across the country who were gathered to discuss the future of federal community development spending at a policy meeting in Washington, D.C. In conjunction with the event, NDC released a white paper detailing the benefits of federal economic development programs, such as New Markets Tax Credits, Low Income House Tax Credits and Small Business Administration.
“Over the last three decades, federal outlays for programs that support community and regional economic development have fallen by 75% as a share of Gross Domestic Product,” said Davenport. “Because of this, NDC hopes to create a dialog among community and economic development organizations across the United States and encourage them to share the results of their work with their elected officials to demonstrate the significant contributions these community development tools provide national and local economies.”
Davenport affirmed NDC’s commitment to preserving federally funded economic development tools by launching NDC ACT, Advocating for Communities Together. NDC ACT will serve as a call to action to preserve federally funded economic development tax programs.
The National Development Council’s findings conclude that these programs benefit the communities where they are employed but also, by creating quality, long lasting jobs, produce enough local, state and federal tax revenue to offset the cost of these programs.
Three Highlights from NDC’s White Paper:
About National Development Council
Since 1969 National Development Council has worked to create and implement economic and community development strategies that increase the flow of capital to urban and rural communities, establish finance programs and help to create a professional economic and community development workforce. NDC is a not for profit that offers a wide range of services, including development assistance, professional training, small-business financing, and debt and equity for residential, commercial, public and nonprofit facilities.