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Richard Thal on #LISCLeads Conference

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Two weeks ago, our friend and colleague Richard Thal (Executive Director of JPNDC and LISC Boston Local Advisory Board member) joined us at the LISC National Leadership a Conference in Houston, Texas. He was joined by his colleague Donayda Salomon, a LISC Boston AmeriCorps alum.  Here are Richard's thoughts on the conference:
I was invited since I am the CDC representative to the Boston LISC local advisory board. LISC's national office chose 10 exemplary alumnae of their AmeriCorps program and we should be proud (though not surprised!) that they included Donayda in that select group. She and I joined approximately 250 people from around the country at the conference.
Two themes were most prominent during the two days we spent together. The first was transition, both with the prospect of a new President of the United States and with the recent arrival of a new CEO to LISC, replacing the person who had served 17 years in that position. Everyone who ventured an opinion agreed that our country will be facing a period of great uncertainty in the coming months and numerous participants expressed concern about policy and budget priorities that could harm many people in the communities we serve. (Parenthetically, you may be heartened by poll data that a well-known national pollster shared at Wednesday's closing session- when asked what should happen to undocumented immigrants, 70% of Americans favored setting in a motion a process to grant them legal status, while 25% favored deporting them to their home countries.)

Giving Tuesday

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Tomorrow on Giving Tuesday, join LISC’s work to build stronger communities for all. Your contributions support work with organizations and individuals across the country to preserve affordable housing; increase access to good paying jobs; support small business; and create safer, healthier communities. Make sure to select "Boston LISC" from the drop-down menu to designate your gift to our work in Boston and across Massachusetts.



LISC CEO Lays Out Ambitious Agenda

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Maurice Jones, the new national President and CEO of LISC, gave his first public address yesterday at the LISC National Leadership Conference in Houston, Texas. In it, he laid out an ambitious policy agenda, and also shared a deeply personal story about what it means to not allow ourselves to get weary, but to always continue the work of community development.  Watch here:


LISC National Leadership Conference

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On Tuesday, November 15th, LISC is hosting its 2016 National Leadership Conference in Houston, TX. More than 300 community development leaders will gather together from the worlds of affordable housing, finance, education, philanthropy and policy. We’re livestreaming a message from our President as well as six engaging talks from leaders in the community development field. Watch the discussions live and join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook Live.


In the News: Fairmount Job Strategy

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On November 4, 2016, Boston Neighborhood Network News invited Inés Palmarin of LISC Boston and Zach Nieder of The American City Coalition into the studio to discuss a strategy for job growth and retention along the Fairmount/Indigo rail corridor.  Read our full report on Fairmount Indigo Corridor Business and Job Retention and Attraction here.


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Boston LISC Staff members share their perspective on LISC's work, the community development world. and many other topics.

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