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November 15, 2017

Wrap-up: 2017 Annual Event

November 6, 2017

With help from LISC Small Business, CO+HOOTS expands and thrives

Jenny Poon is thankful every day for LISC making it possible for her to expand her thriving co-working space, CO+HOOTS. CO+HOOTS currently houses more than 250 entrepreneurs, and demand is so high that Poon is in the process of expanding the venture to two more facilities in the Phoenix metro […]
October 25, 2017

There’s more than meets the eye on West Camelback Road

Casual observations of the West Camelback Road commercial corridor served by Valley Metro light rail note the empty lots, vacant office and retail space, and facades in need of freshening up. They can’t be missed. But there’s nothing casual about the way LISC Phoenix and its partners, Local First Arizona […]
August 30, 2017

With new clinic, MPHC no longer hidden treasure in Tempe

For nearly 11 years, Mountain Park Health Center has delivered its unique style of integrated healthcare in relative obscurity in Tempe. Now it’s also working redevelopment magic in the city’s center while continuing to advance community health and wellness—and you can’t miss it. At the northeast corner of Broadway Road and McClintock Drive, […]
June 30, 2017

South Phoenix Business Assistance Program

As part of the GoDaddy GoCommunities social impact program, GoDaddy has teamed up with LISC Phoenix and Local First Arizona to equip small business owners with the training, tools and peer networks they need to accelerate their journey and support their families. Together, we have developed a customized early-action business […]
June 30, 2017

LISC Phoenix 2016 Annual Report

LISC Phoenix is proud to present our 2016 Annual Report. We invite you to download a copy and see for yourself the investments LISC Phoenix has made in our local communities over the last year.
June 14, 2017

‘Happy City’ author urges push for safe, healthy transportation corridors

The Phoenix metropolitan area has a world-class freeway system and wide arterial streets laid out in a marvelous grid pattern to move people around and within a vast, car-dependent region. Residents can’t be happy. Seriously. Neuropsychology, sociology and public health lessons about happiness tell us what we’ve done over 30 […]
May 24, 2017

Mesa Artspace Lofts Groundbreaking

In July 2015, business leaders, community development experts, arts advocates and city officials took a bus tour of a downtown Mesa area transformed by creative placemaking and transit-oriented development. John C. Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Mesa Mayor John Giles was among them. Tour […]
May 8, 2017

What Tax Credits Can Do

Ever since its approval by Congress in 1986, LISC has been using Low Income Housing Tax Credits to help build quality, affordable housing in places that desperately need it. The five articles that follow are a sampling of how we document the ripple effect of those homes—the way they leverage […]
April 28, 2017

Bazaar days make a world of difference at 19th Ave. and Camelback

The area near the Park-n-Ride lot at 19th Avenue and Camelback Road is one of the most ethnically rich, culturally diverse parts of Phoenix. It has been for decades, largely because of a large concentration of immigrants, including refugees who are part of resettlement programs. It is one thing to […]
March 30, 2017

Creative economic development efforts grow success in downtown Mesa

On a sunny March afternoon in downtown Mesa, a rooster’s call is louder than a light-rail train’s toots, a retiree tends a plot of an urban garden wrapped in local artists’ murals, and a party of four repeat customers talks shop during a meal at a restaurant with Mesa roots […]
February 23, 2017

Long-awaited redevelopment heating up in Apache Blvd. corridor

Apache Boulevard has a storied history as a major thoroughfare for travel and commerce. Long before it became a legacy route for motorists heading to the West Coast, it was a trade route indigenous people used to move goods and make community connections. The boulevard’s long timeline shows decades of […]
January 18, 2017

LISC push on economic development strikes a chord

When Maurice Jones became LISC CEO in September 2016, he set economic development as a key strategy to help lift up struggling communities. “You cannot have a sustainable growth path if you’re not figuring out how to make all of your communities ‘communities of opportunity’,” he said during a recent […]
November 18, 2016

CEO Maurice Jones Lays Out “Audacious Goals” for LISC

Nation’s Largest Community Developer Presents Bold Vision for Rebuilding Struggling Communities New LISC CEO Maurice Jones Launches Agenda that Places Living-Wage Jobs and Low-Income Families at the Center of the 21st-Century American Story HOUSTON, TX (NOVEMBER 18, 2016) – “This is not a time for us to get quiet, it’s […]
August 5, 2016

Ford Foundation workshop helps South Phoenix communities prepare for light rail

A $700 million transportation infrastructure investment is heading toward south Phoenix by way of a light rail system extension. It’s coming sooner rather than later — or never, which was its fate at one point in the regional transit plan. Valley Metro’s 5.5-mile South Central Extension is a huge win […]
June 16, 2016

LISC Names a New CEO

Maurice Jones, Virginia’s commerce secretary and a former HUD official, has been chosen to serve as LISC’s new president and CEO. He succeeds Michael Rubinger, who will step down after 17 years as CEO. Jones brings to the leadership role a career’s worth of business, management and policy experience and […]
May 26, 2016

2015 Annual Report

When it comes to community development, we often say that the numbers don’t really tell the story. This is not one of those times. 2015 was the best year in LISC’s history, and the numbers themselves underscore an expanding level of local impact. Last year, LISC did more to fuel […]
April 15, 2016

The (Re)Making of Mesa

Community leaders and activists have revived Mesa’s downtown using arts and culture and made it a place that’s welcoming and relevant to all residents, regardless of income. Now, with the arrival of the light rail, they hope to add the affordable housing and jobs that could turn Arizona’s third largest […]
April 5, 2016

Phoenix on the Verge

In the wake of decades of unbridled sprawl, the Great Recession and the foreclosure crisis, there’s new light in the Valley of the Sun. With the right support and resources, and the commitment of steadfast community partners, transit-oriented development along the burgeoning Phoenix light rail could be the region’s ticket […]
April 5, 2016

Communities of Connection in the Valley of the Sun

Native American Connections excels at building beautiful and sustainable low-income housing and delivering behavioral health support to tribal Arizonans—and anyone else who comes to their door. As the light rail brings high-end development to the city’s inner core, the longtime LISC partner remains a stalwart in helping transform the lives […]