Winners

2017 Creative Back Winner Is… 

The winner of the 2017 Creative Give Back is the City of Graham, NC. Their proposal is to design a framework for the implementation and operation of a community development/revolving loan fund. The project will focus on gap funding for the redevelopment of underutilized buildings; provide a source of patient capital to new businesses; and tie in education, mentoring, and support services to recipients of the gap financing. The creative solutions that emerge from the Graham Give Back project will be applicable to communities everywhere. Keep up with progress on the project over the course of the year on our website and social channels.

A BIG thanks to our 2017 Creative Give Back Panel who selected this year’s winner:

Margie Bukowski, Weaver Cooke

Randall Johnson, NC Biotechnology Center

Jim Nichols, O’Brien Atkins

The Creative Give Back is Creative Economic Development Consulting’s way to give back to the field of economic development. We commit up to $25,000 of our services to Give Back Projects annually.  2017 is our fourth year of what we hope to be many years of giving back to the wonderful profession we love. Look for the 2018 application process to be announced January 1.

What will your CREATIVE idea be!

2016 Creative Back Winner Is…

The winner of the 2016 Creative Give Back is Wayne County Development Alliance. Click here to read the full report. The project will develop strategies to transition military dependents, exiting members, and retirees into local employment. Wayne County requested assistance with coordinating the efforts of multiple organizations into a focused plan and creating an influencing model directed at employer hiring practices of the targeted groups. Creative EDC is looking forward to tackling a workforce issue many communities are facing.

A BIG thanks to our 2016 Creative Give Back Panel who selected this year’s winner:

Raul Peralta, ECS
Leslie Scott, Entrepreneurial Places, LLC
Jim Walton, Brand Acceleration

The Creative Give Back is Creative Economic Development Consulting’s way to give back to the field of economic development. We commit up to $25,000 of our services to Give Back Projects annually.  2016 is our third year of what we hope to be many years of giving back to the wonderful profession we love. Look for the 2017 application process to be announced January 1.

What will your CREATIVE idea be!

2015 Creative Give Back Winner Is. . .

The winner of the 2015 Creative Give Back is Cabarrus Regional Chamber and EDC. Their proposal to attract more females into non-traditional jobs addresses a workforce challenge and has the potential to be replicated. Excerpts from the Cabarrus proposal explains the challenge their community is facing.

“Some of our newest announced logistics companies are telling us that they do not have enough females. After a very thorough discussion with (company), the General Manager said that she really needed to attract more women to their production lines and engineering efforts. (Company) has said that they want to hire more women in their traditionally male positions. We would like to be a part of an effort to educate…graduates that don’t seem to know what they would like to do or how to make a sustainable wage for themselves. So many of them just end up at fast food restaurants when they could be learning production skills or…logistics training.”

The Cabarrus Regional Chamber and EDC proposal fits the Give Back criteria well. It is innovative, will have a meaningful impact on the community, has the ability to be replicated, and will be a fun challenge.

Thanks to everyone who applied for the 2015 Creative Give Back. Proposals were outstanding this year. The panel reviewed a wide range of creative, unique, and impactful economic development projects. They had a hard time making a decision! We are offering feedback to applicants that were not chosen on how their projects can go forward on a different path.

Also, a BIG thanks to our 2015 Creative Give Back Panel who selected this year’s winner:

 

2014 Creative Give Back Winner Is…

The Creation of an Economic Development Alliance for the Towns of Indian Trail, Matthews, Mint Hill, and Stallings.

The four towns propose to develop a partnership between Indian Trail, Matthews, Mint Hill, and Stallings to create an Alliance for economic development. The Creative Give Back project will evaluate various economic development partnership opportunities for the four communities and develop a plan of action. Their ultimate goal is to work together to enhance the economy of each community. Keep track of our Creative Give Back project throughout the year on our website and social media.

Thanks to all communities that applied for the Creative Give Back. It was a very hard decision! We are offering feedback to applicants that were not chosen on how their projects can go forward on a different path.

Also, a BIG thanks to our Creative Give Back panel who selected this year’s winner:

• Jeff Vedders, Applied Marketing Sciences, http://www.appliedmktg.com/

• Rick Kiernan, Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, http://www.convergentnonprofit.com/

• Nancy Johnson, Market Force, http://www.theforce.com/