Collaborative Strategies for Housing Development: Fostering Community Prosperity

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The importance of available, acceptable, and affordable housing options cannot be overstated in the realm of economic development. Housing is a cornerstone of thriving communities, providing residents stability, a sense of belonging, and quality of life. Achieving a diverse range of housing options that meet the needs of all users is a complex challenge. In […]

Don’t Let Commercial Real Estate Pressures Impact Your Economic Development Goals

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The economic landscapes of communities nationwide are as unsettled as ever. One facet of this reality is the state of commercial real estate. Beginning with government-imposed shutdowns and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses and individuals have changed their habits, incorporating remote or hybrid work practices into daily life. As a result, the need […]

Maximizing Fundraising in a Difficult Economy

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While U.S. economic growth proved to be higher than most expectations in 2023, fears of a recession persist in 2024. Nonprofit organizations are understandably concerned with their ability to raise money in potentially turbulent times. Fortunately, Convergent Nonprofit Solutions knows how to raise money amidst economic uncertainty, proving it during the Great Recession and the […]

Address Housing Shortage through Economic Development Strategies

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Putting plans in place requires the actual fundraising itself. Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Organizations (EDO) can pursue numerous avenues to meet fundraising goals. Most economic developers can utilize the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to access grants to develop viable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding […]

Webinar “Innovative Solutions to Address the Growing Housing Crisis” hosted by SEDC

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Housing is critical to successful economic development in all communities. According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development housing starts in August fell 11.3% from July 2023.  Meanwhile, the Federal Government has raised interest rates to combat inflation, which has compounded our housing affordability crisis.  #American South leaders will convene on […]

The Difference: Community Branding for Workforce Attraction

Join us in a discussion with John Hull, Executive Director of the Roanoke Regional Partnership, as we discuss workforce attraction. Is your community struggling to find its brand for workforce attraction? Then this is the podcast for you. In this conversation with Convergent Principal Jay Werth, he explains the importance of finding your community’s brand […]