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People Incorporated of Virginia’s Exceptional Community Innovation Recognized with National Award


September 11, 2013

Abingdon, Virginia – People Incorporated of Virginia is one of four Community Action Agencies (CAAs) working to alleviate poverty in America to receive the 2013 Community Economic Development Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award. The awards, administered by the Community Action Partnership, were presented August 29 at the organization’s Annual Convention in Chicago.

In order to be selected, the winning projects were evaluated based on its effectiveness in job creation, asset building, and economic impact on low-income communities in three categories: Entrepreneurship, Protégé, and Master Innovator. People Incorporated was selected as a winner in the Master Innovator category for its exceptional projects including the rehabilitation of the Toms Brook School into affordable rental housing, its provision of entrepreneurship training at local Small Business Boot Camps to stimulate local business activity, and its involvement in the adaptive reuse of a former hospital into the Union College of Nursing and Health Sciences. People Incorporated provided essential funding to this project through New Markets Tax Credit financing.

In 2010, People Incorporated was the inaugural winner of the Master Innovator Award from the Community Action Partnership. People Incorporated continues to identify innovative ways to address needs in economically challenged communities by providing financing and services that benefit and stimulate local communities. “In many communities, Community Action Agencies are THE go-to organizations for helping people, creating jobs and improving communities—and this role increases during challenging economic times,” said Robert G. Goldsmith, President and CEO of People Incorporated. “That’s why we continue to innovate, and we’re proud not only that People Incorporated is recognized as one of the best Community Action Agencies in the country, but that we are having a considerable financial and personal impact on our neighbors.”

The award, created in 2010, honors CAAs for exemplary leadership and innovation in creating change for low-income people and families—specifically in economic development. It is part of the Partnership’s Community Economic Development Exemplary Practice Initiative, funded by the federal Office of Community Services/Administration for Children and Families/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Despite the fact that CAAs are under increased pressure due to budget cuts and growing requests for services, they are still leading the way in terms of novel approaches that are really helping low-income people and communities thrive,” said Stacy Flowers, Director of Community Economic Development at the Community Action Partnership. “People Incorporated embodies CAAs’ unique ability to spearhead programs that promote economic security and reduce poverty.”

About People Incorporated of Virginia
People Incorporated is a non-profit Community Action Agency and Community Development Corporation committed to providing opportunities for people to reach their goals in order to enhance their lives, families, and communities. People Incorporated develops programs and strategies that are designed to move people and communities into the economic mainstream. In 2012, People Incorporated provided services to nearly 6,500 clients and generated an economic impact of over $144.9 million in communities throughout Virginia. For more information about People Incorporated’s programs and services contact the Abingdon office at 276-623-9000 or visit us at www.peopleinc.net .

About Community Action Partnership
Based in Washington, DC, the Community Action Partnership provides training and other services to more than 1,000 Community Action Agencies across America that are helping low-income people and families improve their lives, strengthen their communities and embody the spirit of hope. For more information, visit www.communityactionpartnership.com or follow the organization on Twitter, http://twitter.com/CAPartnership.