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Building Community Capacity through the East Side COPC.

Ricketts, Katya, and Jim Erchul

Working with tight budgets and small staff, community development corporations often do not have enough time or resources to pursue new ideas, analyze new data, or reflect on their work. The authors use their own organizationsラthe East Side Neighborhood Development Company (ESNDC) and Dayton's Bluff Neighborhood Housing Services (DBNHS)ラas case studies of how the Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) model can address some of these challenges. They discuss how ESNDC successfully worked with graduate students to establish baseline indicators for the Payne Avenue Main Street community development project, develop a GIS-based tracking system for ESNDC's program activities, and create a marketing packet to recruit new businesses to the area, and consider in turn the impacts of each of these projects on the organization's community development efforts. They also discuss how DBNHS worked with several graduate research assistants on a project to assess the relationship between housing and student mobility using GIS technology, and explain how DBNHS has used funds leveraged with the assistance of this project to build or rehabilitate 22 homes in the neighborhood. The authors conclude by considering some of the benefits and challenges of community-university collaborations based on their experiences with the East Side COPC. This article is part of a special issue of the CURA Reporter devoted to the East Side COPC program.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
32 (1): 15-18.
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Reporter 32 (1)

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