Prevent homelessness. Looking ahead.

In a recent Orlando-Sentinel op-ed, Principal Carol Wick discusses the impact Hurrican Irma could potentially have on domestic violence survivors as well as families living paycheck to paycheck. "Many Central Florida families live paycheck to paycheck," she reminds us. "Imagine if you lost not only a week's wages but all the food in your refrigerator and freezer? Many families will be facing financial crises that might go unnoticed in the focus on repair and recovery." To read her thoughts in-full, click the link and scroll to the bottom of the page as contributors are listed alphabetically.

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RCED enters public phase of campaign

County leaders gathered Tuesday evening for a celebration and unveiling of Rutherford County Economic Development's (RCED) new initiative, "Transforming Tomorrow Together, Spurring Economic Development in Rutherford County." The initiative has already received commitments for more than half of its goal of raising an additional $1.3 million over a five year period from private and municipal sources, to supplement the funding received annually from the county. Zeb Weaver of Convergent Nonprofit Solutions has been leading RCED's fundraising effort since the 'quiet phase' began in February. Convergent was hired by the county last year to conduct a study regarding how the county pursues economic development. The consulting company ultimately recommended the transition to a public-private partnership.

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Group kicks off campaign to raise funds

A solid percentage of the biggest business and governmental "movers and shakers" in Jefferson and Dodge counties rose perhaps a bit earlier than usual this morning to attend the Glacial Heritage Development Partnership public kickoff of THRIVE2021, its economic development fundraising campaign. Those attending at Windwood of Watertown learned more about the goals of THRIVE2021 and the progress of its fundraising, and the news was good. A total of $2,067,500 has been raised to date.

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Posted on May 31, 2017

Lynchburg Regional Business announces significant economic development funds raised for aggressive regional campaign

The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance officially kicked off their new 'Accelerating Our Future' campaign to a room full of regional business leaders at a reception last night at Wiley|Wilson. The new five-year campaign aims to raise over $3.3 million in private sector funds to intentionally influence the Region's future economic prosperity. In just over three months, the campaign has already raised $1,687,500 or 51 percent of the goal.

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Posted on April 29, 2017

Fundraising begins for economic development

Zeb Weaver, of Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, who is spearheading the fundraising drive for the Rutherford County Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDC), was introduced at the board's meeting Wednesday morning. "The first few months of the campaign will be slow. We want to be very strategic," Weaver said. "But there is a method to the madness. It is a slow process. It takes time before the first pledges come through." He noted that all campaigns are different. "We want to figure out what will work best for this community," he said.

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Dubuque’s YMCA looking to build new facility in Port of Dubuque

Dubuque's YMCA building is at capacity, so it's looking to build a new one. The organization is still researching how it will pay for the over $20 million building. "It'll be a facility that is built by the community, for the community. We are taking so much input from the community at wide, not just our member base, but the community as a whole and really wanting to hear what the community says," Covey (CEO) said.

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Posted on February 13, 2017