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June 29, 2015

DPCDC Development Activity

Author: Dan Klocke, Downtown Phoenix CDC Executive Director and Stephanie Brewer, LISC Phoenix Program Officer Last year, LISC Phoenix awarded the Downtown Phoenix Community Development Corporation (DPCDC) a grant to work on potential real estate projects on vacant land in Downtown Phoenix.  DPCDC’s mission is to bring housing and community […]
June 29, 2015

Phoenix Indian School Legacy Project

LISC Phoenix, Native American Connections and Phoenix Indian Center are working together to renovate the band building at the Phoenix Indian School with the support of The Caterpillar Foundation.
June 26, 2015

Transit Means Smart Growth, Terry Benelli

  By Terry Bennelli When people think of Phoenix, more often than not it’s the city’s wide open spaces, our mountain peaks and desert landscapes.  This big space beauty and lifestyle make the Phoenix Metro area one of the greatest places to live.  What people may not consider when choosing […]
April 24, 2015

Bridging Economic Inequality

Author: Michelle Sullivan, President of the Caterpillar Foundation and Terry Benelli, Executive Director of LISC Phoenix Phoenix is caught in an economic chasm. On one side, the metro area is robust and diverse, bouncing back from the foreclosure crisis to attract new businesses and residents.  On the other, it suffers from one of the highest big-city poverty rates in the country, […]
March 12, 2015

Position Announcement Assistant Program Officer – Economic Opportunity – Lending and Grant Administration Support

Author: Stephanie Brewer, LISC Phoenix Position Announcement Assistant Program Officer – Economic Opportunity – Lending and Grant Administration Support Anticipated Start Date:  April 15, 2015 Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), widely recognized as the nation’s premier community development intermediary, has a 30-year history of investing in community-based organizations focused on […]
February 3, 2015

Apache Blvd Redevelopment Update

Author: Terry Benelli, Executive Director of LISC Phoenix Apache Blvd Redevelopment Update The LISC Phoenix community development work continues to move beyond single issue, project-based strategies toward more complex, inter-connected, and cross-sectored approaches to community revitalization. In 2014, LISC Phoenix supported work to revitalize a two-mile stretch of the Apache Boulevard […]
February 2, 2015

A Message from Terry Benelli, LISC Phoenix Executive Director

Author: Terry Benelli, Executive Director of LISC Phoenix Neighborhood revitalization has been a career theme of mine since the mid 1980’s. The move from grass roots organizer to program developer, and now to Executive Director of LISC Phoenix, feels like a natural progression. I realize that “neighborhood revitalization” means something […]
December 8, 2014

Lifelong Civic Crusader to Head LISC Phoenix

Author: LISC LISC Press Release Contact: Mariano Diaz: (213) 240-3119, Susan Castro-Valenzuela: (213) 240-3141, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –December 8, 2014 Lifelong Civic Crusader to Head LISC Phoenix Phoenix— Terry Benelli, a veteran community development leader, will be the new executive director of the Local Initiatives Support Corp.’s (LISC) […]
November 7, 2014

State Farm – LISC 2014 Outstanding Partner Award

This year, we recognize State Farm for their groundbreaking effort that brings jobs to the light rail corridor, and for recognizing the importance of connecting workforce and jobs to transit. We appreciate their long-standing partnership, most recently in the revitalization work along Apache Blvd. The current light rail corridor crosses […]
November 7, 2014

Arizona Housing Alliance – LISC 2014 Outstanding Collaborative Award

Arizona Housing Alliance is a statewide association dedicated to advancing the vision that every Arizonan has a quality home that they can afford. Arizona Housing Alliance works to expand sustainable housing opportunities for low and moderate income people through education, advocacy, and collaboration with members in its communities. This past […]
November 7, 2014

The Newton – LISC 2014 Outstanding Project Award

The Newton is a project that is also attracting jobs to a neglected segment of the corridor while bringing back to life the iconic Beef Eaters restaurant. Named in honor of Beef Eaters founder Jay Newton, The Newton honors the neighborhood’s roots while serving as a creative and inspired gathering […]
November 7, 2014

Congressman Ed Pastor – LISC 2014 Special Guest and Honoree

This year we are honoring Congressman Ed Pastor for 38 years of work as a champion of community development improvements for neighborhoods that have been historically underserved. The work of LISC Phoenix and our partners, especially in the arenas of affordable housing and transit, would not have been nearly as […]
October 29, 2014

Connecting the Valley

October 29, 2014

Connecting Phx Trailer

September 8, 2014

LISC Phoenix Executive Director, Teresa Brice, retiring at the end of the year

Author: Stephanie Brewer, LISC Phoenix For Immediate Release Mariano Diaz LISC Western Region Program Vice President 213-240-3119 Stephanie Brewer LISC Phoenix Program Officer 602-252-6314   LISC Phoenix Executive Director, Teresa Brice, retiring at the end of the year After 8 years at LISC Phoenix, Teresa Brice is retiring […]
August 19, 2014

Increased Bus Service and Expanded Light Rail High on Arizona Residents’ Transportation Wish List

Author: Jim Dickey, Arizona Transit Association The Arizona Transit Association (AzTA) recently contracted with WestGroup Research to conduct statewide polling research to measure resident’s perceived priorities for key transportation system components across the State of Arizona. The results of the survey indicated strong support for statewide improvements and expansion of […]
July 24, 2014


Phoenix, Ariz. (July 24, 2014) – The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is pleased to announce the launch of the seventh year of its Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy (GenNext). Thirty-one (31) emerging, nonprofit leaders from the Valley were selected through a competitive application process to participate […]
June 13, 2014


Author: Jeff Meilbeck, President, Arizona Transit Association Click here for an Op Ed from Jeff Meilbeck, President of the Arizona Transit Association Click her for the Arizona Transit Association’s Press Release
June 6, 2014

New funds help lift low-income families, attract businesses to distressed areas across the country

Author: Stephanie Brewer, LISC Phoenix FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Stephanie Brewer, for LISC 602-252-6317, Colleen Haggerty, Bank of America 213-621-7414, New funds help lift low-income families, attract businesses to distressed areas across the country Phoenix (June 4, 2014)— In a move to help lift more families out of […]
June 4, 2014

Looking At The Light Rail’s Role In Economic Development

Author: Steve Goldstein, KJZZ Since the Valley’s light rail line became established, supporters have passionately opined that transit-oriented development would have a positive impact on the area’s economy. Parts of Phoenix and Mesa have seen those results. Now as of last weekend a development called The Newton is taking advantage […]