2017 Creative Give 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 will draw entrepreneurs to redevelopment areas of the city. What we learn in Graham will be applicable to communities most 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 the Give Back project annually. 2017 is our fourth year of what we hope to be many years of giving back. Look for the 2018 application process to be announced January 1.

What will your CREATIVE idea be!

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