Our heartfelt thanks to each of our partners in progress.
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The mission of the Blueprint Communities initiative is to serve as a catalyst to revitalize older communities and neighborhoods.
Blueprint Communities is essentially a training process. It focuses on the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to community revitalization. The training provides a step-by-step process that guides us in developing our own comprehensive strategy. Click this link to view the Blueprint Communities video, “Success in the Making” (will open in new window).
Elm Street is a component of Pennsylvania’s New Communities Program. It is a state grant program designed to help launch neighborhood revitalization efforts.
The Elm Street Program incorporates volunteer support, the leveraging of private dollars, strategic planning, rehabilitation and reuse of existing buildings, as well as streetscape improvements.
Through the Elm Street Program, grants are available for planning, technical assistance and physical improvements to residential and mixed use areas in proximity to central business districts.
A second component of the Elm Street program is called residential reinvestment. This component uses neighborhood strategies to support projects located within the target area.
Pennsylvania’s Main Street Program provides grants to help the downtown economic development effort through the establishment of an organization dedicated to downtown revitalization.
It ensures expert management of downtown revitalization efforts by providing funding for a full-time professional downtown coordinator.
Main Street grants focus on funding the administrative costs associated with Main Street Manager positions and offices as well as physical improvements supported by a downtown plan for a Downtown Reinvestment Component.
In addition, funding is provided for the acquisition costs and physical building improvements for an anchor building component.
The mission statement of Rural LISC reads in part, “Rural LISC is dedicated to helping rural Americans transform distressed rural communities into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity—good places to work, do business and raise children.”
Rural LISC is Building Sustainable Communities by working to achieve five goals:
- Expanding Investment in Housing and Other Real Estate
- Increasing Family Income and Wealth
- Stimulating Economic Development
- Improving Access to Quality Education
- Supporting Healthy Environments and Lifestyles
The Schuylkill River National Heritage Area celebrates the rich culture and history of the Schuylkill River watershed as one of America’s most significant cultural and industrial regions.
The boundaries of the Heritage Area cover the Schuylkill River watershed in Schuylkill, Berks, Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties. This region is nationally significant for the role that its people, places, and events played in the American, Industrial, and Environmental Revolutions.