The City of East Providence Celebrates Community Development Week April 6-11, 2015
The City of East Providence is celebrating the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program by recognizing National Community Development Week, April 6-11. This week-long celebration brings together citizens, government officials, businesses, media, and non-profit organizations through events to showcase the impact of CDBG in our community.
The CDBG program provides grants to over 1,200 local governments to devise neighborhood approaches that improve the physical, economic and social conditions in communities. Every $1.00 of CDBG leverages another $4.07 in other funding; bringing additional vital resources to communities.
Like many federal programs, CDBG has seen $990 billion in funding reductions since 2010. The program is needed more than ever to help our most vulnerable citizens and improve the overall condition of our neighborhoods.
To showcase the vital importance CDBG funds have for the city of East Providence we invite everyone to the following events:
April 1st: Senator Jack Reed will be introduced to Tockwotton on the Waterfront and a new Jobs Initiative provided by the Economic Development Department. The Senator will get a tour of Tockwotton and an explanation of the Job Training Program and the benefits to the City of East Providence. Mayor Rose, City Manager Paul Lemont as well as other City Council members will be present to present a certificate of appreciation to the Senator.
April 6th: Congressman David Cicilline will be introduced to the City's Digital Literacy Program at the Weaver Library. The Digital Literacy Program began as a pilot program that proved so successful, it is now a fully funded Program by the City. Library Director, Eileen Socha, will start by giving our local leaders a tour of the facility which will lead to opening remarks with our Planning Director, Jeanne Boyle.
April 7th: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will be introduced to the City's Foster Grandparent Program which is based out of the Senior Center. This event will be led by Community Development Coordinator, David Bachrach, introduced to our local leaders and provided an overview of the program and how it serves our Community.
For more information on CDBG week, please visit http://www.ncdaonline.org.