TACOMA – Impact Capital and State Farm Tuesday announced the selection of the South Tacoma community as the target neighborhood for a two-year investment in community revitalization.
This project is part of Impact Capital’s Vibrant Communities initiative, a comprehensive program that aims to help neighborhoods transform from distressed communities into vibrant ones.
State Farm supports the initiative through a LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) grant.
This funding will support a community-led venture to determine potential projects. Some possibilities include: affordable housing, community safety initiatives, public art installations, business corridor improvements or the redevelopment of distressed structures.
On Wednesday, July 16th, community residents, volunteers and leaders are invited to come together at the Star Center to identify goals for the project. The funds represent an opportunity to address unmet needs in the community and create opportunities that have been waiting for a spark to move forward.
“State Farm supports this initiative because it will provide opportunities for local families, improve safety and revive this vibrant community,” said Brad Hilliard, State Farm spokesman. “As Tacoma’s new neighbor we are honored to join hands with Impact Capital and the South Tacoma community on this project.”
“Impact Capital is excited to bring a community development toolkit to the South Tacoma community,” said Judith Olsen, Impact Capital’s Executive Director. “The State Farm grant acts as a catalyst, allowing the community to define a shared vision for the future through collaboration. This vision is the first step towards building a vibrant community where people want to live, work and play.
According to Lua Pritchard, Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, “South Tacoma needs growth in all aspects. While we are making great progress attracting new businesses, there is much work to be done to make the area attractive and attentive to the needs of the community.”
Work on the grant will proceed through the end of 2015 and will be led by interested community members and South Tacoma stakeholders. Staff from Impact Capital will provide technical assistance and support to facilitate the process.