5, 2007 - The City of Knoxville will celebrate National Community
Development Week from April 9-14, with events showcasing a few of
the many ongoing programs of the city's Community Development Division.
"Community Development touches the lives of so many people and
it helps build stronger communities," said Mayor Bill Haslam.
"That, in turn, makes the entire City of Knoxville a stronger
and better place to live."
Madeline Rogero is the director of Community Development, which
administers programs that are revitalizing Knoxville's low-to-moderate
Rogero said Community Development leverages funding from the city,
federal dollars and grant monies and targets those resources to
make the greatest impact among the largest number of people.
"What we want to do this week is feature some of the things
that Community Development does for the city and its residents,"
Rogero said. "Our aim is to help people of modest means in
the City of Knoxville achieve their goals whether that goal is buying
their own home or training for some type of new employment or helping
them start a small business."
Among some of the specific programs operated by Community Development
are blighted property acquisitions where dilapidated properties
are acquired by the city and then sold at very modest rates to buyers
who will build homes on them.
The department also operates a Façade Improvement Program
aimed at improving the image and perception of small commercial
districts in targeted areas.
It is also involved in revitalization projects in the Five Points,
Jackson Avenue, and Depot Street areas and coordinates the city's
efforts in the Knoxville Empowerment Zone.
Among the activities during National Community Development Week
Tuesday, April 10 - Community Development is supporting the City
of Knoxville and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's
2007 Small and Disadvantaged Business Conference.
The conference will be 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Foundry on
the Fair Site, 747 World's Fair Park.
For more information about the free conference please contact Joshalyn
Hundley with the City of Knoxville at 215-3867 or Suzanne Wright
at HUD at
545-4400, ext. 106.
Thursday, April 12 - There will be an Open House at 1013 and 1015
Tulip Avenue in Mechanicsville. The owner of this duplex, Laura
Johnson, obtained the lot through the Community Development's Homemaker's
program and built the duplex which is accessible for the disabled.
Friday, April 13 - There will be an Open House at Ironwood Studios,
located at 119 Jennings Street.
Co-owners Preston Farabow and John McGilvray took part in the City's
Façade Improvement Program for their building which houses
Aespyre, Farabow's metalwork shop and McGilvray Woodworks among
others and includes a gallery displaying work by Knoxville artists.