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March 01, 2012

Poverty Center Selected as Leadership in Community Innovation Award Finalist

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The Poverty Center's Neighborhood Stabilization Team Application (NST APP) has been selected as a Leadership in Community Innovation Award finalist. You are invited to the judging and presentation event on March 6th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Cleveland State University’s College of Urban Affairs.

A panel of three judges will decide who wins $25,000, funded by Key Bank, at the event. Register online to attend.

Four finalist groups compete for Leadership in Community Innovation Award

CLEVELAND - The real estate crisis has left communities across the United States struggling to deal with foreclosures, vacant homes, declining property values and destabilized neighborhoods, yet Cleveland continues to innovate to revitalize its neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Stabilization Team Web Application (NST Web App ) presents a dynamic, real-time, comprehensive view of data for all properties in Cuyahoga County in an online database to aid community development practitioners in Cleveland and surrounding communities.

Researchers and web developers at the Poverty Center work in close partnership with community development agencies, local government agencies, and community organizing groups in creating a database that is useful, applicable and targeted to their everyday needs in their efforts. NST Web App users describe the site as "a priceless resource," saying that "Just as carpenters use a measuring tape, a hammer and nails to do their job, I use the NST web app to do mine." Among other functions, the NST Web App can be used to search out properties in foreclosure, or vacant and abandoned properties, before they become a community problem.

This work has earned a spot as a finalist for the first ever Enterprise Leadership in Community Innovation Award. All four finalists for the Leadership in Community Innovation Award will be presenting the cutting-edge work they have been undertaking in their communities in a forum on March 6th at Cleveland State University’s College of Urban Affairs. A panel of three judges will decide who wins $25,000, funded by Key Bank, at the event. You can register online to attend the event at urban.csuohio.edu/forum.

Enterprise Community Partners is a national-level community development funder, supporting affordable housing and sharing community development best practices across the country for over 30 years. You can find more information about Enterprise online at EnterpriseCommunity.com.

For further information, April Hirsh can be contacted at 216-368-0206 or at April.hirsh@case.edu