Celebrating 40 Years of the CED Program

A Vital Program for Community Prosperity

The Community Economic Development (CED) program has been an important source of federal funding for community development corporations (CDCs) for 40 years. The program targets resources exclusively to CDCs to expand business, finance facilities, and create jobs in low-income communities. The CED Celebration will help lay the groundwork for increasing federal funding for the CED program.

Jobs created with CED funds provide living wages, paid leave, fringe benefits, and opportunities for career growth. In addition, employees are also connected to critical support services to remove barriers to long-term employment and economic mobility. And 75% of all of the jobs created with CED funds are filled by individuals with low-incomes. Read our report, Expanding Opportunity: Job Creation and the Community Economic Development Program, by Bob Zdenek. Learn more on the CED Program website.

Check out photos from the event here.

November 29 Agenda

11:30 am: Registration Opens
12:00 pm: Luncheon & Opening Remarks
12:30 pm: The CED Program: Its Legacy, Impact & Influence
1:45 pm: Networking Break
2:15 pm: A Tale of Community, Organizational & Sectoral Transformation
3:30 pm: Break
4:00 - 6:00 pm: Awards Reception


Roberto Barragan - Executive Director, California Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA)
Steve Glaude - President & CEO, Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development
Julia Nelmark - President, Midwest Minnesota CDC
Emmet Pierson Jr. - President & CEO, Community Builders of Kansas City (CBKC)
Bob Rapoza - President & Founder, Rapoza & Associates
Emi Reyes - CEO, Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC)
Jerry Rickett - CEO, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation
Bob Zdenek - Interim Executive Director, San Joaquin Valley Housing Collaborative

Our Co-Hosts:

National NeighborWorks Association is a national membership-based trade association of NeighborWorks chartered organizations (NWOs) that provides directive and compelling calls to action for policy and funding, as well as substantial membership benefits.

National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) is the hub of a national network of +190 nonprofit organizations that serve diverse Latino communities in 43 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico through training, public policy work, peer-to-peer collaboration, and access to funding, nonprofit resources and professional development.

Generously Supported By:
Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED)
California Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA)
Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI)
Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE)
Coalition for Responsible Community Development