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This webinar will focus on community and economic development in challenged neighborhoods that have a high percentage of poverty and unemployment. Content will include assessing market opportunities for prospective businesses in these areas, working with prospects from low and moderate income households who are interested in starting or growing a business, and developing coalitions between school districts, local businesses, and non-profits to develop readiness to work programs including soft skills training and customized job training. Financing for business start-ups and expansions in these areas will also be discussed.
Chris Gulotta, Principal, The Gulotta Group, LLC
Chris Gulotta, Principal of the Gulotta Group, LLC, served as Executive Director of the Redevelopment and Housing Authorities of Cumberland County for thirty years between 1980 and 2010. In this position, he was responsible for developing and implementing housing and community development strategies for Cumberland and Perry Counties.
Mr. Gulotta has led strategic planning sessions with elected and appointed officials, non-profit organizations, and private citizens in a variety of areas including economic and community development, homelessness, and the redevelopment of downtowns and rural town centers.
Mr. Gulotta is a recognized expert on how to package public and private financing to obtain results. During his time with the Redevelopment and Housing Authorities, the organization had over twenty-five national and state award winning projects which addressed compelling community needs, demonstrated innovation, and leveraged private funding. Additionally, his working knowledge of the real estate development process has been helpful in moving projects from the concept phase to the build-out phase.
Mr. Gulotta is a graduate of Dickinson College, the Penn State University Masters Degree Program in Urban and Regional Planning, and the Dickinson School of Law. He has served on several statewide and regional boards throughout his career and has received numerous awards, among them the 2010 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Supportive Housing Award, the 2008 Leadership Award from the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, and the 2009 Distinguished Alumni from Dickinson College.
Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 1.50 organizational PDUs (Workforce Development) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in PEDI’s Policies and Procedures.
*Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering. In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.