Strengthening relations with another valued PCIC ally, Community Partnership of Southern AZ - here with Neal Cash, CEO, and Greg Taylor, Chief Community/Public Relations Officer. Mr. Cash made a $3000 commitment to PCIC and its work.
Actively engaging with business leaders is an important ongoing component to PCIC's work. It builds on the power of working from places of common ground for the common good.
Continuing in relationship with one of PCIC's long-standing community allies, Southern AZ Leadership Council (SALC). Here with President, Ron Shoopman.
This trip w/PCIC leaders Martha Pankratz, St. Francis UMC, Deaconess Marjie Hrabe, St. Mark's UMC, and Judy Keagy, Casas Adobes UCC. Rep. Heather Carter (Dist.7) talked to Valley Interfaith Project (VIP) & PCIC leaders. We also met with Rep. Dave Bradley, Dist. 28. House Minority Leader Eric Meyer also addressed VIP & PCIC leaders.
Today marked a key victory for PCIC, JobPath and the Bond Coalition.
$1.25 million was approved for JobPath's new home. JobPath's proposal for a new building was supported by the Committee, 22 to 1. All 4 coalition proposals (a JobPath Building, Affordable Housing Funding, Neighborhood Reinvestment Funding, and Open Space/Habitat Preservation funding have been recommended for full funding. The County Bond Committee now negotiates for its recommendations, the Board of Supervisors get to approve/adjust/postpone it, and then we voters get to study the final package vote on it in November.
Once again, PCIC proves that persistence and community collaboration pays off!
35 leaders gathered at Rincon Congregational UCC to summarize the most pressing issues in their respective institutions. After breaking into house-meetings a consensus was reached. The Agenda of Issues that would shape our strategy for action in 2015 took shape. The areas are:
Jan. 7: First meeting of the new year - PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert
Our most recent meeting with the Chancellor deepened our capacity to collaborate. We are working to develop partnership opportunities between Pima Community College and PCIC, to include a 'Memorandum of Understanding'. Michael Peel, PCIC leader & Government Relations Liaison at PCC, will act as intermediary. The goal is to have the MOU developed soon and to then hold a public event detailing the formal partnership.
Jan. 9 - Pima County Bond Hearing Round III
Neighborhood Reinvestment & Affordable Housing:
Once again PCIC and community allies packed the Pima County Bond Hearing. This session focused on granting $30 million each for neighborhood reinvestment & affordable housing. Once again, PCIC speakers (this time Leonard Basurto of St. John the Evangelist Church) enlivened the audience and alerted committee members to the need of more investment in his poor south-side neighborhood. The Bond Committee approved the full $60 million!
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