Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC, LISC Announce Partnership to Support America's Neighborhoods

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC, LISC Announce Partnership to Support America's Neighborhoods

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Recognizing the important link between strong neighborhoods and healthy communities, NLC and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced a new partnership to help America's local leaders in community development.

As a part of LISC's Sustainable Communities Strategy and NLC's ongoing efforts to strengthen communities, the two organizations will work together to provide information on strategies to help cities and towns ensure every neighborhood has a chance to be part of the economic mainstream.

NLC President Bart Peterson, mayor of Indianapolis, promoted the collaboration after seeing first-hand the positive effects of his city's partnership with LISC on the Great Indy Neighborhoods Initiative, a renewed approach to community development activities across Indianapolis.

"Cities and towns can only be considered successful when there is an opportunity for everyone to participate in the community's success," said Peterson. "With an NLC and LISC partnership, local leaders throughout the country will have access to vital information and resources to help create and maintain successful broad-based community revitalization efforts, like the Great Indy Neighborhoods Initiative.'"

"In our experience, the public/private partnerships that are nearly always necessary for effective community revitalization are inevitably strengthened when there is a constant and open source of information and communication," said Michael Rubinger, LISC's president and CEO. "LISC's alliance with NLC is a logical and necessary step towards assuring that the lessons we've all learned in this business are available to anyone who wants them. …

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