Highlights from Community Development Week 2015 – Thanks for a Great week!

Highlights from Community Development Week 2015 
Theme: Signature events highlight the important state investments and
leverage in community development 
Community Development Week Kick Off event in Baltimore
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Holt joined CDN and Central Baltimore Partnership for our kick off at the Parkway Theatre in Baltimore. CDN highlighted the use of state Community Legacy funds in the transformation of Central Baltimore.
Mixed Income Housing in St. Mary’s County 
Spring Valley Apartments provides market rate apartments and housing for low income families. It was funded using a variety of sources, including Rental Housing Works.  A resident of the community joined us that day to let us know how important this community means to her.
 Community development investments in Cumberland
Senator George Edwards (speaking) and Delegate Mike McKay joined us in Cumberland to highlight the state investments in a local job center, bowling alley and Head Start, projects initiated by the Allegany Human Resource Development Commission.
Neighborhood BusinessWorks for Cambridge Main Street
Senator Adelaide Eckhardt and Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes toured Cambridge Main Street to celebrate the important investments Neighborhood BusinessWorks has made in the area.  What was lots of vacant store fronts are now thriving businesses.
Housing Counseling Works
Housing Opportunities & Planning Enterprises (H.O.P.E.) hosted CDN and partners to showcase a homebuyer workshop. The Prince Georges Coalition for Homeownership Preservation has done tremendous work to help families land on their feet or keep their homes in the midst of the foreclosure crisis. One of the homebuyers talked about her success and encouraged that everyone go to housing counseling.
Marketing Dundalk
Participants from around the state joined CDN, the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation and Delegate Steve Lafferty (left) to celebrate the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative funds in Dundalk, and a workshop on marketing neighborhoods as communities of choice.
Here is some media coverage!
Allegany Radio
Dundalk Eagle
Special Thanks to this year’s Community Development Week Sponsors!
Signature Sponsors:
BBT logo
Title Sponsor:
DHCD logo
Community Sponsors:
    Klein Hornig logo name

Press release regarding Maryland General Assembly 2015 Session


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            CONTACT: Samantha Kappalman

April 14, 2015                                                                                                     (443) 223-3322  


Strong Support Shown for Efforts to Strengthen Communities in 2015 Maryland General Assembly Session

State funding approved for redevelopment, housing assistance,

local community development and mainstreet revitalization

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Community Development Network of Maryland today applauded state lawmakers for increasing funding in the approved budget for efforts that improve and strengthen the state’s communities, businesses and economy.

Key community development funding approved during the 2015 Maryland General Assembly session includes:

  • $6 million for the Community Legacy Program
  • $7.5 million for the Strategic Demolition and Smart Growth Impact Fund (up from the proposed $5 million)
  • $4.55 million for Neighborhood BusinessWorks
  • $3 million in capital funding, $750,000 in operating for the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (BRNI) (up from $1.6million in capital funding)
  • $20 million for Rental Housing Works (up from $10million)
  • $600,000 for a new fund to provide capacity for nonprofit community development organizations.

“Maryland continues to be a strong state with pressing challenges,” said Odette Ramos, Executive Director of the Community Development Network of Maryland. “Governor Hogan made strategic decisions to support these programs providing neighborhoods with the tools they need to succeed. The more than 150 organizations and local governments that make up the Community Development Network of Maryland thank the General Assembly for maintaining the foundation the Governor proposed, and increasing critical investments in our communities.”

Community Development Network of Maryland members visit Annapolis each year to ask the General Assembly to support community development initiatives statewide. More than 100 members gathered this year on January 22 to educate legislators on the benefits of Maryland’s community development programs to the state’s economy and to ask for support for the Network’s budgetary and legislative priorities.

The Community Development Network of Maryland envisions a Maryland where all neighborhoods and communities thrive and where people of all incomes have opportunities for themselves and their families. These programs help to make this vision a reality. In addition, organizations in the Community Development Network of Maryland invested more than $122 million in projects statewide in 2014 and supported 3,549 full-time employees.

The mission of the Community Development Network of Maryland is to engage and strengthen Maryland’s community development industry and promote comprehensive community development through advocacy, partnerships, and capacity building. CDN’s sole purpose is to strengthen, promote, and advocate for Maryland’s community development industry.


Gubernatorial Forum Video Now Available!

The Community Development Network of Maryland was proud to host a Gubernatorial Forum on Community Development in Maryland on May 12, 2014.  Over 270 people attended the forum.

The video of that event is available here!

Some points regarding the forum:

The candidates were given extensive background information and the questions ahead of time.  They were expected to answer these questions and speak to several aspects of the background we gave them.  Click here for the questions they were given.  During the forum we had to truncate them to save time.

CDN was honored to coordinate this event with the following Host Committee organizations:

  • The Maryland Community Action Partnership
  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Housing Association of Nonprofits (HAND)
  • The Redevelopment Fund (TRF)
  • Citizens Planning and Housing Association (CPHA)
  • Homeless Persons Representation Project
  • Anne Arundel Affordable Housing Coalition

On the video, the candidates appear in the following order:

Cindy Walsh

Charles Lollar

Heather Mizeur

Anthony Brown

Doug Gansler

Thanks again to all the attendees and the members of the Host Committee.  This was truly a gathering of the Community Development industry in Maryland.