Building Healthy Communities Award winners namedClyde Iron Works was bursting as more than 250 attendees came together at the Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) annual awards luncheon.
By: Budgeteer News staff, Duluth Budgeteer News
Clyde Iron Works was bursting as more than 250 attendees came together at the Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) annual awards luncheon.
Two Building Healthy Community Award winners were named: Sherman Associates and Ecolibrium3. Special recognition was also given to outgoing Local Advisory Board member Scott Bradt of Wells Fargo Bank.
“Contradictory to the weather outside, Duluth is the warmest city in Minnesota,” said developer George Sherman, who built the Duluth Sheraton and is working on a remodel of the Lincoln Park School. He was referring to the friendliness and collaboration skills of Duluthians.
Duluth LISC works to develop and preserve housing and leverage money for investment in Duluth and is one of 30 LISC offices in the nation.
The keynote address was delivered by Michael Levine, who is the Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary and is based in New York. His message focused on funding and technical resources that Duluth LISC brings to the area. He said the people in Duluth meet challenges with a focused and collaborative approach and that Duluth LISC multiplies each local dollar more than six times.
Duluth LISC opened in 1997 and works to develop and preserve housing, and leverage money for new investment in Duluth. Duluth LISC has three core programs: Building Sustainable Communities Initiative, affordable housing development, preservation and advocacy, and building the capacity of local community development organizations.
“This year’s Building Healthy Communities Award winners demonstrate leadership in revitalization, working with the community to foster livable, safe and healthy neighborhoods,” Pam Kramer said. Kramer is Duluth LISC’s executive director.
• Sherman Associates and developer George Sherman was recognized for the adaptive reuse of the former Lincoln Park Elementary School. The reuse of the building will provide affordable space for nonprofits and 49 affordable apartments for working families. Nonprofits to use the space include Lincoln Park Boys & Girls Club, Community Action Duluth, and a new group, the Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative.
• Ecolibrium3 was recognized for its Duluth Energy Efficiency Program. The nonprofit helps local residents weatherize their homes, save money and cut greenhouse gas pollution. In the past two years, 457 households completed advance energy-efficiency measures with an average household savings of $646 per year; 323 multi-family energy scores were generated with 11 completed projects representing 141 units of housing. Last week, Jodi Slick, CEO of Ecolibirium3, was honored as a Champion of Change at the White House and named as a finalist for Minnesota’s Environmental Initiatives Awards.
• Scott Bradt, outgoing Duluth LISC Advisory Board member, was recognized for his leadership and special contributions as former board chair and the head of the Fund Development Committee. Bradt provided guidance through a difficult economic climate and the transition to broader fundraising during his five years of service. Bradt is president of Northern Minnesota Business Banking for Wells Fargo Bank.