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Looking Back While Thinking Ahead: Celebrating CEDAC’s History

Two years ago, CEDAC launched the INSITES blog in anticipation of an important organizational milestone: our 40th anniversary.  We have enjoyed this opportunity to revisit our history and reflect on the events and the people who have led us to where we are today, and to highlight how community development in Massachusetts has evolved over four decades.

This past spring, we celebrated those 40 years at a gala event that honored the work of Boston community leader and former state representative Mel King, who sponsored the original legislation that established CEDAC in the late 1970s.  Mel has inspired the community development movement since its inception.  We were honored to recognize him at the event, and everyone who attended was moved by his powerful words about the primacy of teamwork. We are also very pleased to capture Mel’s voice – and vision – in a video that focuses on CEDAC’s past and present, and also the direction that community development is heading in Massachusetts.

As we close out this celebratory period, we invite you to spend a few minutes watching our anniversary video.

In addition to Mel, you’ll hear from our previous Executive Directors Carl Sussman and Mike Gondek;  current and  former CEDAC Board Chairs, Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Janelle Chan and MassHousing’s Chrystal Kornegay; non-profit CDC partners Joanne Campbell (Valley Community Development Corporation), Andrew DeFranza (Harborlight Community Partners), and Yvette Dyson (Worcester Common Ground); and current staff members, CEDAC Executive Director Roger Herzog and Theresa Jordan, Director of Children’s Facilities Finance at Children’s Investment Fund.

The video also features a range of community development projects assisted by CEDAC and the children, individuals and families supported through high-quality affordable housing and early education and care facilities throughout our 40 year history.

We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with so many of you– and pleased to share some important moments over the last few years.  We look forward to the next chapter of community development in Massachusetts, and will continue to keep you informed of our work and progress through the INSITES blog! Thank you again for all that you do to support our shared agenda.

Categories: CEDAC, CIF, Housing, Housing Preservation

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