Technical Assistance Program 2006-2010
Provided a variety of training, consulting and organizational assessment services to CDCs with goals to increase their capacity and their effectiveness.
CBP conducted four (4) Progress Reports and Updated Organizational Development Workplans as a follow up to the 2009 Comprehensive Organizational Development Assessments. Each organization’s progress was reviewed by independent consultant and a revised workplan was developed with the organization to guide its Organizational Improvement goals for 2010-11.
CBP conducted 7 Organizational Development Assessments of CDCs within our network of organizations. Each assessment is provided by an independent consultant; each organization is required to develop a workplan for organizational improvement based upon this assessment. The assessments review the following functions of each organization: Planning; Resource Development: Organizational Oversight; Financial Management; Personnel Management; Contract Management; Programs and Production; Technical Operating Systems.
CBP conducted seven (7) Progress Reports and Updated Organizational Development Workplans as a follow up to the 2007 Comprehensive Organizational Development Assessments. Each organization’s progress was reviewed by independent consultant and a revised workplan was developed with the organization to guide its Organizational Improvement goals for 2008.
CBP conducted 7 Organizational Development Assessments of CDCs within our network of organizations. Each assessment is provided by an independent consultant; each organization is required to develop a workplan for organizational improvement based upon this assessment.
September 2010, CBP and national neighborhood strategist David Boehlke provided an introduction and training session for residents in the 15 workplan neighborhoods on the Healthy Neighborhood approach to neighborhood renewal.
April, August, 2010, CBP sponsored a follow up training series to our successful 2009 Ohio CDC Association Conference with “Art and the Community” workshops in Columbus, Canton and Cleveland. CBP partnered with ArtsInStark CEO Robb Hankins and JR Coleman for this series of workshops on how to use Art to revitalize downtowns and neighborhoods.
February, 2010, CBP sponsored a continuation application workshop for NW Canton Weed and Seed. The workshop, conducted by the Center for Marketing and Opinion Research, LLC (CMOR) provided an in-depth training on successful grant writing and preparation techniques.
September, 2009, CBP sponsored the 25thAnnual Ohio CDC Association conference in Canton. The annual conference of the trade association for CDCs in Ohio will highlight the renewal efforts in Stark County. The conference includes: sixteen workshops on a variety of neighborhood topics; tours of local community development efforts conducted by CBP-funded organizations; keynote speakers include Lt Governor Lee Fisher and Boston Foundation President Paul Grogan, and a special “first Friday” event hosted by ArtsInStark.
April 2009, CBP sponsored a week long technical assistance engagement with national neighborhood strategist David Boehlke. David provided strategic advice and feedback on current community development activities and interests in Stark County; nearly 200 people walked neighborhoods or participated in “community conversations” on how to renew Stark County’s neighborhoods.
February 2008, CBP held training entitled “Evaluating the Executive Director” to assist organizations with this important board oversight function. Teams from all six currently funded organizations participated in an interactive training on evaluation processes, tools, techniques, and responsibilities.
In January 2006, CBP partnered with Walsh University, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, and Stark Community Foundation to sponsor a Strategic Leadership Workshop for CDC staff and board teams. This workshop provided leadership development, communication, and strategic advice for managing organizations.
In May 2006, CBP partnered with Stark Regional Planning Commission on staff training called “Homeownership Toolbox”, a 3 day training on real estate development and financing provided by Capital Access of Philadelphia, PA (a noted trainer in the field).
Strategic Grants 2004-2009
Weed and Seed: CBP is the recognized leader of Canton’s efforts to secure funding from the Department of Justice Weed and Seed Program. CBP has assisted in securing $2 million in on-going grants to Central Canton (Summit) and NE Canton neighborhoods through technical assistance, funding, and strategic advice.
In 2009,CBP provided funding to ABCD for a grant writer to assist SE Canton in securing a Weed and Seed grant Official Recognition and Funding.
In 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008 CBP provided funding for a grant writer to assist the Central Canton Weed and Seed effort to submit Official Recognition and Funding applications to the Department of Justice. This work led to the Official Recognition of Central Canton as a Weed and Seed site and continues to support a $1,000,000 stream of federal funding for crime prevention and social service work in the Summit neighborhood.
In 2007 and 2008, CBP provided funding to JR Coleman Renovation Corporation to support a Weed and Seed grant writer for the NE Canton Weed and Seed application to the Department of Justice.
In 2007, 2008, and 2009 CBP supported the Mahoning Road Corridor Business Appreciation Luncheon; CBP Director was guest speaker at these events.
Other Technical Assistance Activities 2007-2009
In 2009, CBP and Charter One Bank (a CBP member) provided a technical assistance grant to SCOPP and ABCD to conduct an assessment of homeownership services and counseling in Stark County. This assessment made recommendations for improving these services with both organizations as well as provided a potential “one stop” Homeownership Center model for Stark County to consider.
In 2009, CBP provided funding to Hammer and Nails to complete a financial audit of the organization.
In 2009, CBP provided funding to obtain new real estate market, demographic, and stakeholder interviews in support of renewing the Summit Neighborhood Plan.
In 2008, CBP provided a technical assistance grant to ABCD, Inc. to support the analysis of ABCD’s AUTO facility to determine future options for this transportation effort.
In 2008, CBP provided funding for Economic Development training for the Mahoning Road Corridor Coordinator.
In 2007, CBP organized, sponsored and facilitated the Summit Neighborhood Housing Fair on June 9, 2007. This Neighborhood Fair celebrated the success of the Summit Neighborhood Revitalization Plan and marketed the Parade of Homes built by the Summit Elementary School. The Fair was instrumental in the sales of 7 Parade homes.