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#PhilanthropyFriday: NEPAMoves as Model for Other Cities and Communities

The Scranton Area Community Foundation was proud to be a part of the Federal Reserve Banks’ 2018 Reinventing Our Communities: Investing in Opportunity conference earlier this month in Baltimore. The conference brought together a national group of 550 city leaders, scholars, community developers, and others to explore the latest research, policies, and practices on investing in opportunity in local communities. Our President and CEO Laura Ducceschi was part of a panel showcasing how diverse community leadership can have a meaningful impact in addressing transportation challenges in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

It’s no secret that transportation barriers limit access to affordable housing, job opportunities, educational and cultural opportunities, and quality health care in Northeastern Pennsylvania. NEPA Moves, spearheaded by the Scranton Area Community Foundation and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, convenes over 90 key regional stakeholders, who are focused on solving the transportation challenges through a strategy that promotes equity and encourages economic growth in Northeastern Pennsylvania. NEPA Moves is already making phenomenal strides across the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazelton regions in the fields of workforce development, mass transportation, and health and social services. Most recently, a public transit toolkit for NEPA employers, developed through NEPA Moves, is expected to reach employers across the region later this year.

Through the Federal Reserve Banks’ conference, the Scranton Area Community Foundation was an example for other cities across the country that want to replicate how to mobilize financial, human, physical, and social capital to create opportunities.

Recent research on equitable transit access conducted in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia can be found here: http://bit.ly/2KjMbYp

PHOTO: Panelists, from left to right: Deirdre Gehant, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Juan Leyton, NeighborWorks America, Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO, Scranton Area Community Foundation; Carlos Delgado, National League of Cities; Otis Rolley, Rockefeller Foundation.