Your Five Top Reads for September
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1. Protocols, Preparation and Mitigation Are Key to Disaster Recovery and Resilience
How can housing owners, operators and investors cope with the consequences of wildfires, hurricanes and other natural disasters? Senior Program Director Laurie Schoeman discusses some of the main challenges facing housing owners and investors after an emergency – along with some possible solutions.
2. Reinvesting $4+ Million Award Into Communities and Healthy Food Initiatives
Enterprise Community Loan Fund is proud to have been selected again to receive grant awards from the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund at the U.S. Treasury Department. This year the Loan Fund received two awards which will allow us to serve the hardest-to-reach communities and continue supporting projects and businesses that expand access to fresh and healthy foods.
3. Building Blocks Podcast: A Catalyst for Community Success
Enterprise Advisors, the technical assistance and consulting leg of the Enterprise network, has quickly solidified their place as an industry leader through cross-disciplinary initiatives. In the years following their creation, the Advisors team has expanded their framework from exclusively federal contracts to an increasingly diverse set of public and private partnerships that have elevated new ideas and standards for more equitable and inclusive communities.
On Episode 7 of Building Blocks, Enterprise President Laurel Blatchford is joined by Patrick Jordan, vice president of Enterprise Advisors, to discuss the strategic opportunities created through mission-driven consulting and the impact we can expect from the team in the future.
4. Denver Approves Affordable Transit Pass
Last week the Regional Transportation (RTD) District Board of Directors voted 10-5 in favor of creating a new discount plan to help low-income riders across the Denver Metro Area. Riders will now be able to receive a 40 percent discount if they are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level.
Since 2016, Enterprise and its main partner, Mile High Connects — a broad partnership of organizations that are committed to increasing access to housing choices, good jobs and essential services via public transit — have worked closely with the RTD Board on a collective education, advocacy, communication and community engagement strategy leading up to this vote.
5. Six Ways to Attract Capital and Shape the Future of Opportunity Zones Investing
More than 200 investors, local leaders and policymakers from more than 40 states turned up at Georgetown earlier this month for an Opportunity Zones pow-wow hosted by the Beeck Center and the Council of Development Finance Agencies. Enterprise Director of Impact Investing Rachel Reilly reported back to Impact Alpha with some of the take-home points about the future of Opportunity Zones and Opportunity Funds.