POWER CDC CONCEPT
POWER CDC is a community development corporation (CDC). A "CDC" is
a nonprofit organization that originates locally, from the efforts of
residents who are determined to revitalize their own neighborhoods.
CDCs undertake challenges ranging from providing social services, to
developing low-income housing, to initiating commercial and retail
activity in areas often abandoned by the market-driven economy.
POWER CDC, was conceived and organized in 1994. It began with
members of this community exchanging ideas and concerns about how to make
a positive difference.
POWER is a diverse grouping comprised of individuals experienced in
government, the law, academics, the pulpit, and entrepreneurship.
POWER CDC -- driven by high expectations from its board,
supporters and community --continues building for constructive change in
Central-Northeast Wichita, bringing a better future for all.
Building Great Homes & Businesses
for a Great Community
We revive inner-city Wichita!
POWER CDC is a
in central-northeast Wichita.
AREA of GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS
The activities of POWER CDC are concentrated in the
Central-Northeast area of Wichita, Kansas. Roughly, the boundaries
are 29th Street to the North, Oliver to the East, Central to the
South, Washington to the West
map to enlarge).
POWER CDCs office is currently located
at 1802 N.
Hydraulic, Wichita, Ks.
COMPANY MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of POWER CDC is to
encourage the economic revitalization
of Wichita, Kansas --
establishing and maintaining
In fulfilling this overall mission,
POWER CDC will impact
- Establishment of a
- Small Business Development
- Job Training
Established a Full-Service
POWER CDC has succeeded in bringing a full-service, affordable, modern supermarket to the heart of the
neighborhood, at 13th & Grove -- employing neighborhood
workers, helping to keep and build wealth in the neighborhood --
reducing hardships that have long challenged the inner-city,
replacing them with ready access to:
- Affordable quality food
and household supplies,
- The "Customer Service counter"
facilities of a
- A constructive source of
Power CDC set out to develop community housing:
- To provide affordable housing to low-income elderly and
- To uplift the community with home ownership.
- To redevelop blighted areas.
Over the last 10 years, Power CDC has facilitiated the construction of nearly 100 new homes in the Power CDC neighborhood -- replacing old blight with wholesome modern living.
Established a College Scholarship
for Youth in the POWER CDC
POWER CDC's Founding Executive Director, Mr. James
Arbertha, has been honored by Friends University with
establishment of an endowed scholarship, named in his honor, for
"an outstanding but underpriviledged student," says Friends
University, "who hails from central-northeast Wichita."
The scholarship is intended to provide the
recipient with "50% tuition, textbooks
residence" at the university.
Already, over $8,000 has been raised, with an ultimate goal of
raising $200,000 to ensure the scholarship's permanent role in the
For more information, if your web browser has "Flash,"
view this video
that tells the story of POWER CDC, and Mr. Arbertha's vision, and the concept of the new scholarship.
GOALS TO FULFILL:
- Small Business Development
- To create and develop a neighborhood
retail center -- thereby attracting other
businesses to the community.
To assist neighborhood residents and
groups in developing entrepreneurial &
management skills necessary for the successful
operation of business enterprises.
To expand opportunities available
to neighborhood residents &
- To foster and promote community-wide interest and concern for
the problems of the residents in the community.
- To change the perception persons may have of the
- To build the self-esteem and self-worth of neighborhood
members and encourage pride and hope.
POWER CDC is committed
to meeting these goals
for the people of
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