What @sog_ced is reading online: April 2017

The following are articles and reports on the web that the Community and Economic Development Program at the UNC School of Government shared through social media over the past month. Follow us on twitter or facebook to receive regular updates.

Items of interest related to CED in North Carolina:

The UNC SOG’s Development Finance Initiative (DFI) attracts developer proposals for the rehabilitation of a historic mill in Hendersonville. No illegal grants offered by city to support redevelopment: http://bit.ly/2pFVCLT

Great example of cultural asset building in Western North Carolina: an online resource for craft trails to connect visitors with artisan craft businesses. http://bit.ly/2ptzrHN

2/3 of North Carolina business owners applying for SBA disaster recovery loans were denied, hampering recovery of small towns: http://bit.ly/2qeMAVX

Other CED items:

Options for reforming Community Development Block Grants, known as CDBG. http://bit.ly/2oRDfzB 

New Urban Institute report outlines the connections between urban blight and public health, offers policy and program recommendations to strengthen these connections: http://urbn.is/2oEXEIY

How can a community prevent the last bank from leaving a small town? Rural banking forum and white paper offers recommendations: http://bit.ly/2qmtOs4

Mark Shelburne reviews studies that examine effects of Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) affordable housing on surrounding property values. http://bit.ly/2oIBunR 

How the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) negotiates with banks for more community development lending to underserved areas per CRA requirements: http://bit.ly/2pbS5TZ

“Unleashing the power of endowments”- Ford Foundation already makes PRIs (program-related investments), now to make mission-related investments (MRIs): http://bit.ly/2nG3vM1 

Study finds that residents of low-income neighborhoods with arts amenities are healthier, safer, and better educated: http://bit.ly/2nhFYph 

Last month’s edition of “What @sog_ced is reading….” http://ced.sog.unc.edu/what-sog_ced-is-reading-online-march-2017/

Compiled by Marcia Perritt

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