KETTERING — The City of Kettering will host the cities of Dayton, Fairborn, and Springfield, along with Clark, Greene and Montgomery Counties, on Friday, April 25 in celebration of National Community Development Week.
This year’s celebration, themed “40 Years of Building Strong Communities,” will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. at Shelter Church, 1441 E. Dorothy Lane.
Keynote speakers will be Jeff Hoagland, President and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition, and Jack Riordan with the Ohio Conference of Community Development. In addition, local elected officials from each jurisdiction will be highlighting their communities.
Through the federally-funded Community Development Block Grant Program, the HOME Investment Partnership, Emergency Shelter Grant and Neighborhood Stabilization programs, communities within the Miami Valley region have been provided the opportunity to address their housing, economic development, public service and infrastructure needs, especially in low to moderate income areas.
Representatives from each community will address the impact these federal programs have had in their communities. Representatives from the Ohio HUD field office, the Ohio Conference of Community Development and the Ohio Department of Development will also be present.
Enacted into law in 1974, CDBG is the principal federal program providing grants to states, cities and towns to devise neighborhood approaches that will improve physical, economic and social conditions in communities. It is administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.