NDC Academy Award Semi-Finalists Announced

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Semi-Finalists for Innovative Community Development Projects will be honored at this year’s NDC Academy in Washington D.C.

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“Congratulations to all of our semi-finalists. We are looking forward to learning more about their projects at the NDC Academy in May.” said Robert W. Davenport, President of NDC

The National Development Council (NDC) has announced the semi-finalists of the NDC Academy 2015 Awards. The awards recognize the top economic and community development projects in the nation and are part of NDC Academy 2015. The NDC Academy is a biennial conference focused on providing community development professionals from around the nation with the latest on policy changes and best practices affecting federal, state and local development finance tools that are critical to the achievement of urban and rural job creation, affordable housing and community development goals.

“The response to NDC’s call for projects was overwhelming this year and was only exceeded by their quality. These projects and the work they represent on behalf of communities across our nation are truly impressive,” said Robert W. Davenport, President of NDC. “Congratulations to all of our semi-finalists. We are looking forward to learning more about their projects at the NDC Academy in May.”

One project in each category will be awarded the top honor at the NDC Academy 2015 Awards on May 14th. Attendees of the conference will vote for one project in each category.

Learn more about the following NDC Academy 2015 Awards Semi-finalists, visit http://ndcacademy.org/2015-awards/ :

Creative Financing Category Semi-finalists

  • Building Communities, Changing Lives – Little Rock, AR
  • Island Employee Cooperative - Stonington, ME
  • Lancaster Urban Village - Dallas, TX
  • Mechanics & Farmers’ Bank Redevelopment - Bridgeport, CT
  • Progression Place - Washington, DC
  • Small Business Entrepreneurship at the 5th Street Arcades - Cleveland, OH

Job Creation Category Semi-finalists

  • 1102 Atlantic Avenue Industrial Center - Brooklyn, NY
  • City of Coldwater / Clemens Food Group Expansion - City of Coldwater, MI
  • Continental Tire Sumter - Sumter, SC
  • Economic Prosperity Center - Tampa, FL
  • Makah Commercial Fishing Dock - Neah Bay, WA
  • Severn Peanut Company - Severn, NC

Housing Development Category Semi-finalists

  • Bigham Leatherberry Wise - Philadelphia, PA
  • CAMBA Gardens - Brooklyn, NY
  • Cheryl Chow Court - Homeless and Low-Income Senior Housing - Seattle, WA
  • Creekside Village, Ltd. - Lincoln, NE
  • Ghost Ranch Lodge Apartments - Tucson, AZ
  • Schmidt Artist Lofts - St. Paul, MN
  • The Hillside ‘Green’ Revitalization Project - Ft. Worth, TX

Community Development Category Semi-finalists

  • 12th Avenue Arts - Seattle, WA
  • Ameritrust Complex - Cleveland, OH
  • Gardens at San Juan - San Antonio, TX
  • Historic Brooks House Redevelopment - Brattleboro, VT
  • Shreveport Common and Choice Neighborhoods - Shreveport, LA
  • Zapata Apartments - Chicago, IL

About the NDC Academy 2015
The NDC Academy 2015 will take place May 12-14 in Washington, D.C. NDC Academy is a biennial conference that offers economic, housing and community development professionals from around the nation opportunities to engage in panels and courses addressing the latest policy developments and new trends impacting their profession.

Under the theme, “Your Work Moves Your Community and Our Country Forward” NDC Academy 2015 will once again, present the latest news from elected officials and administration staff on policy developments and will feature 22 panel discussions and short courses focused on the latest financing tools and development strategies for every type of community development activity. Topics include federal tax credits, rural development, crowdfunding, job creation and more. Visits to meet with Congressional delegations and a project tour will also be arranged.

The NDC Academy is generously supported by several invaluable sponsors, including Lead Sponsor Key Bank.

For more information about NDC Academy, please visit: http://ndcacademy.org/

About the National Development Council (NDC)
NDC has evolved into one of the most progressive and innovative community and economic development organizations in the U.S. From our seminal role in the earliest days of the community development movement, we have grown into one of the most comprehensive suppliers of financing, development expertise and development assistance for community revitalization efforts throughout the nation. We have worked in partnership with local and state governments and non-profit organizations in every one of the 50 states and Puerto Rico to help build communities and economies, and ultimately, improve people's lives.

For more information about NDC, please visit: http://www.nationaldevelopmentcouncil.org/

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