This event will showcase best practices among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in implementing community and economic development activities in low-wealth communities. Panelists from Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland and Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina will highlight how they have maximized resources and developed and nurtured collaborations with federal, state, and local entities to build local capacity and stronger communities. Representatives from each HBCU will focus on the impact their institution has had in their respective locality.

These HBCUs have made exciting improvements to their communities. For example, they have: rehabilitated and constructed residential structures to increase housing opportunities; rehabilitated commercial buildings; carried out special economic development programs that provide financial assistance for the establishment, stabilization and expansion of microenterprises; sponsored homeownership and counseling programs; and provided an array of public service activities.

We hope you will join us on April 15 for this informative event.

Speakers include:

  • David H. Swinton, Ph.D, President, Benedict College
  • Larry Salley, Executive Director, Benedict-Allen CDC
  • Dr. Mortimer H. Neufville, President, Coppin State University
  • Gary Rodwell, Ph.D, Executive Director, Coppin State University, CDC
  • Dr. Kirk Crawley, Attorney at Law, President of the Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation’s Board of Trustees


Additional Information

When: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Brooke-Mondale Auditorium, Suites A & B
451 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20410

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