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  • Welcome Two New Financial Services SVPs to OFN!

    We are delighted to share the news of two new additions to the OFN team. Andrea Longton and Lisa Wright are joining OFN as Senior Vice Presidents (SVP) for Financial Services. Andrea will focus on the OFN CDFI Bond Guarantee Program (BGP) and started ... more
  • OFN Statement on U.S. Treasury's CRA Modernization Recommendations

    Dear CDFI Connect Community, Yesterday, the US Department of the Treasury released recommendations on Community Reinvestment Act modernization. OFN issued a statement to the media and will be monitoring developments closely. Overall, OFN found Treasury's ... more
  • Welcome to the CDFI Women’s Network!

    The CDFI Women's Network (CWN) is an independent, women-led, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women who work for CDFIs or for organizations that support the Community Development Finance industry. CWN creates opportunities ... more

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  • Thank you to everyone who attended the Bay Area event last week. It was a pleasure seeing you! And a special thank you goes to our panelists - it was thought-provoking and inspirational to hear their insights. See you ladies at our next gathering! Olivia ... read more

  • Posted in: Open Forum

    Hi Anthony, We do mortgage loans for manufactured homes, and have a down payment assistance loan to help with down payment and closing costs we call a Homeowner Assistance Loan. Down payment is a big hurdle  We have seen people who are ready for everything ... read more

  • Posted in: Open Forum

    Hi Jerry - We just went through this process earlier this year.  We too are a small organization and the cost of insurance we eating us alive.  We put caps on the employer contribution about five years ago, but this past year found that one of our employees ... read more

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  • Organization Mission: WEDI empowers economically disadvantaged people in Buffalo, with a primary focus on the West Side community. Websites: www.wedibuffalo.org , www.westsidebazaar.com Organizational Overview: WEDI fulfills its mission and vision through three core competencies.
  • OFN is a leading national network of CDFIs (community development financial institutions) with offices in Philadelphia and Washington D.C. In pursuit of a mission to align capital with social, economic, and political justice, OFN supports its member CDFIs with money, strength, and voice to drive transformational change in underserved communities nationwide.
  • HR&A Advisors is a top real estate and economic development consulting firm. We provide strategic advisory services for clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to solve some of the most complex challenges of urban development. Our projects range in scale from buildings to neighborhoods, public parks to infrastructure systems, and from program design and management to public policy development and implementation.

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  • The FireLake Arena is making its mark as “the” event center to choose in the Greater Shawnee area. Since it opened in January 2014 has proven its willingness to fight its way to the top of the industry. Boasting more than 52,000 square feet of space and seating up to 5,000 the spacious facility can host events of all kinds. As host of the Inter-Tribal Emergency Management Coalition Summit in 2015 the Arena added to its reputation and that of the Nation as a valuable partner in the community.
  • This article was originally published on Urban Institute's How Housing Matters website, authored by Emily Peiffer
  • NELSONVILLE — Appalachian Growth Capital, a subsidiary of Appalachian Partnership Inc., recently announced U.S. Bank awarded the organization a $37,500 grant.  “This donation helps AGC meet the capital buildout necessary to finance businesses located in the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio,” said Brad Blair, AGC CEO/president.  Read the full release here .
  • Drexel University has announced a new Lab in honor of Jeremy Nowak: "With national and state politics polarized and governments at all levels under enormous fiscal pressure, however, cities and metropolitan areas must pool and combine resources in many forms and from a variety of sectors. In their recent book, The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism,  Jeremy Nowak and fellow urban expert Bruce Katz chronicled the emergence of a new field of metro finance, which is inventing ways of financing the inclusive city by organizing private and civic capital, unlocking public
  • In an article by Forbes advising entrepreneurs on ways to fund their new ventures, CDFIs are noted among the tools available to entrepreneurs in the first stages of business financing. Read the full article here

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