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|Blueprint for Kentucky's
neighborhoods and neighborhood leaders begin to have any
influence in Frankfort?
By Jack Trawick
Center For Neighborhoods
question brings to mind lobbyists wandering the halls of
the State Capitol, horse trading for votes on bills that
are impossible for a regular person to
understand. "Influence" in this case
means "access," which for most of us seems remote,
confusing, political, Old Boy, and altogether BEYOND our
sphere of influence. We don't choose
to get involved, because it's simply too difficult to
comprehend, and we don't think we could make a
difference even if we tried.
We've heard about the budget
shortfall in Frankfort - $100 million for the year, give
or take. We haven't heard much talk
about the other 90% of the state's budget, which totals
$9 billion annually. Regardless, how
can Louisville neighborhoods and neighborhood leaders
have any influence over State spending, when all the
decisions are made 50 miles away, and money, though
huge, always seems so incredibly tight?
And, after all, why should we seek to influence
something that really doesn't affect our neighborhood
one way or the other?
We ask you these questions, because
what goes on in Frankfort does make a difference to our
neighborhoods, whether or not we can see it right in
front of us when we walk out the door.
And, as the old saying goes, as long
as you do things the way you've always done them, you'll
probably always get the same result.
Put another way, as long as you don't get
involved with What Goes On In Frankfort in any way
whatsoever, you can't get anything you really care about
to ever be addressed, or the State's money to be spent
any differently - least of all for the better.
New governor Steve Beshear has opened
a door - a "silver lining," he calls it.
"This (budget) crisis" said the Governor on
January 15, "can indeed be a positive turning point for
Kentucky! The status quo is not an option and it is not
one my administration will tolerate. Yes, a severe
challenge does confront us. A challenge for all of us to
broaden our thinking, to consider new ideas and work
together in moving Kentucky forward."
The Center For Neighborhoods has
joined with Kentucky Youth Advocates and Metro United
Way to take the Governor at his word - starting with
leaders who know that involvement in their neighborhoods
and partnerships with all forms of government are
ultimately what can make our community a better
place. The three of us - KYA, CFN and
United Way - are hosting a meeting at United Way on
Thursday, January 31st from 6 to 7:30,
inviting Louisville neighborhoods to a conversation on a
community issue of vital importance to us all: the
health, the safety, and the future prosperity of our
youngest citizens, our children - kids in the
neighborhood, kids all over town, kids throughout the
Commonwealth. KYA and United Way have
together crafted a "Blueprint for Kentucky's Children"
focusing on basic health care, on dental care, on early
childhood learning, and more and better access to
daycare for those whom KYA has long called "our most
vulnerable citizens" (My 13-year-old daughter reminded
me just this morning, not joking, that "kids have no
rights in an adult world.")
As Ben Franklin said "an ounce of
prevention is worth a pound of cure."
So it is with investing in kids.
We can attend to their basic needs today in ways
that nurture them toward health and opportunity as
adults; or we can ignore Mr. Franklin's wisdom and let
kids pay the price. While this all
makes sense, good sense has not always been plentiful in
the halls of the government. Your
involvement on this front is eagerly sought on January
31st - as civic leaders who believe that involvement
really does matter toward making this a better place for
all of us.
Kentucky's kids need us to represent
them in Frankfort, so that their voice can indeed be
|Community Forum & Advocacy Day
Community forum on the
Kentucky 's Children"
- Is KCHIP health insurance working
for your children?
- How can we get dental care coverage
for kids, too?
- Could tax credits help more
families afford quality child care?
- Increase child care subsidies so
more children can stay in quality child care!
- Are you worried about check cashing
fees and predatory lending in your
CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE,
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, AND TAX RELIEF
Together we can
make it happen.
You are invited to
participate in a community forum on the
"Blueprint for Kentucky 's
- Find the connection between what
you care about in your life and the State's policies
- Lend your voice to the current and
future legislative processes to help our children,
families, and neighborhoods
- Come learn why the Blueprint for
Children is being developed, how your input is
critical to that process, and how you can support
6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
334 E. Broadway
Food will be
Please contact Lynn at
292-6200 or email@example.com
child care or transportation assistance.
Children's Advocacy Day at the
Take your voice directly
to Frankfort !!!
February 7 th is Children's
Advocacy Day at the Capitol
A chance for you to
join hundreds of other people from across the state to
make children a priority in Frankfort !!!
information on Children's Advocacy Day call 895-8167 or
|Spring 2008 Neighborhood
to a great Start!
Last week's first
class session at the NIA Center was a packed
45 people are
signed up for the class.
Thank you to all
the alumni who attended Tuesday evening to welcome our
The guest presenter
at last week's class was Judy Schroeder of Metro United
Way. Judy gave an energetic presentation that
helped to kick off what's going to be a wonderful
Neighborhoods is pleased to officially announce the
start of an exciting new program!
The Rehab Train
Institute is open to staff and board members of
non-profit housing development organizations
Director of Community
COMPLIANCE & OTHER
April 16, 17, 18
be determined, based on class size.
class session is three (3) days in length, running from
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
registration fee. Please make checks payable to "Center
||Arrive and get breakfast
||Check-in, register, and confirm
morning break (15 minutes)|
2nd classroom structure|
break and lunch, may include bus ride to site
visit and lunch on bus while
through structure in relation to classroom
back at classroom space/area|
3rd classroom structure|
afternoon break (15 minutes)|
4th classroom structure|
questions/concerns/addl' topics from
with homework packets and reminders of next class
Session 1 - March 5, 6, 7
· What's the law?
· What do I do about asbestos?
do I do about lead paint?
· How much lead paint
is there on the property?
· What's the HUD
continuum of these requirements?
· How are
regular (for-profit) contractors dealing with lead paint
· What's the relationship between CHDO
proceeds and this work?
· What about floor
plan/design/space planning issues in the
· What are the zoning and planning
issues on this property?
· How do I go about
accomplishing these tasks?
Session 2 - March 26, 27,
· Walk thru of a
property and do a cost assessment of property in
· What's the neighborhood
· What's the view from 50,000
· What tools are available on the
· How do we access these tools on the
· Hands-on class using these web based
· Compare 5 projects - homework ahead of
time for participants
Session 3 - April 16,
AND OTHER MATTERS OF REHAB WORK
Can Non-CHDOs use HOME funds?
· Who has access
to HUD funds in general?
· How do you get
approval for funds and then how do you get funding in
· What's up with AHTF?
we use AHTF dollars for Rehab projects?
can we do without HOME money?
· How to install
· How to perform
"Lead-Safe" practices in building
· Share stories of rehab and other
property acquisition experiences
· Al Spotts -
New Directions: What's warm, safe and dry?
How to recognize a Meth House
· How to deal
with other types of hazardous waste problems
What are the environmental requirements?
to deal with & solve environmental problems, in
· How to get vacant
· What does the city do to help a
nonprofit get a property?
In Partnership With
|National Center for Arts &
On January 15th, 2008, Center For
Neighborhoods convened a community lunch conversation
about the possibility of establishing an Arts and
Technology Center in Louisville. The meeting was hosted
by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Louisville
Above Photo: Mary Mayrose (left) Center For
Georgina Gutierrez (right)
National Center For Arts &
At the lunch conversation, Georgina
Gutierrez (Vice President of the National Center for
Arts & Technology), presented a general overview of
the National Center for Arts and Technology, described
their conceptual model, discussed Bill Strickland's
vision, and highlighted the facilities that have been
established in Pittsburgh. Ms. Gutierrez also explained
the "next steps" that Louisville would take in moving
forward with becoming a replication site of the National
Center for Arts & Technology.
Handouts from the Meeting
Photos from the Lunch Conversation
on January 15th, 2008
Next Steps for
In the coming
months, Center For Neighborhoods will convene a second
meeting to consist of a facilitated community discussion
about establishing an Arts and Technology Center in
Louisville. This facilitated discussion will touch on
topics such as identification of stakeholders,
fundraising for the feasibility study, how an Arts and
Technology Center in Louisville might function
(programs, focus, training, etc...), and a wish list of
potential locations. The feasibility study will allow
Louisville to take a clear and detailed look at
services, programs and similar opportunities existing in
Louisville. As well as gathering feedback from the
community on programming offerings at a Louisville
Center For Neighborhoods is organizing
a "field trip" to the Arts and Technology Center in
Cincinnati. More details will be posted soon.
The National Center for Arts &
The National Center for Arts &
Technology (NCAT) supports the national replication of
the model for learning and community development created
by the Manchester Bidwell organizations in Pittsburgh,
Through its programs, the Manchester
Bidwell organizations annually touch the lives of
hundreds of adult career education students, thousands
of public school students, and countless members of the
community. Demand from cities throughout the nation has
resulted in Manchester Bidwell creating a national
replication strategy that will enable the development of
a significant number of arts and technology centers in
communities across the United States. NCAT provides the
opportunity to broaden Bill Strickland's vision of
creating healthy communities through culture and
out the other cities that are successfully replicating
the National Center for Arts & Technology
We will be posting details and
information on this web page as they develop. If you
would like to receive updates and information via email,
please contact Hallie Jones (see below).
Take part in the conversation!
Please contact Hallie Jones.
|Neighborhood Assessment (NAP)
- Neighborhood Assessment Public Workshop
- February 23rd
- 9:30 AM
- Location: The Clifton
- Residents of Crescent Hill are invited to take the
quality of life survey online here.
- Residents of North Iroquois are invited to take
the quality of life survey online here.
- A date for the Neighborhood Assessment Public
Workshop is forthcoming, so stay
| Other News....|
- Photos from the Fall 2007 Neighborhood Institute
graduation ceremony are now online, here.
- Videos of the Fall 2007 neighborhood institute
project presentations are now online, here.
- Photos from the November 2007 Alumni Networking
Event at the Strothers Association have been posted
- In March, an exciting new opportunity for
non-profits and CHDO's will be available. The Rehab Train
Institute will teach organizations how to rehab
and refurbish blighted residential housing in the
- The next Neighborhood Institute Alumni Networking
Event will be held in February. More details
- The "Community and
News" section of our website is starting to come
alive. Check it out by following this link.
Networking at the November