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OLCDC wins $450,000 multi-year grant for THRIVE Campus

OLCDC has received a $450,000 multi-year creative placemaking grant from ArtPlace America to support the urban farm, pop-up marketplace, and commercial kitchen components of THRIVE Campus.

~~See OLCDC's Grant Project Page and Art America's announcement for more details.



OLCDC & partner present the Opa-locka Citizens Academy

On Saturday, November 18, 2016, OLCDC and the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics & Public Trust presented a free one-day workshop in downtown Opa-locka to help citizens learn the roles of government officials and strategies for advocating for issues or a campaign.



OLCDC & partner receive $3.65 million to create economic opportunities in North Miami-Dade

OLCDC and partner Tools for Change have received a $3.65 million grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. for their innovative proposal to create economic opportunity in Opa-locka and Liberty City through the North Miami-Dade CDFI. The CDFI is one of five awardees nationwide sharing in a $20 million investment from the bank's PRO Neighborhoods initiative that seeks local solutions to support distressed communities and accelerate economic recovery.

~~Read the Miami Herald article about the grant.
~~Read the Miami Times article.
~~Read the JPMorgan Chase Miami press release.
~~Read the JPMorgan Chase national press release.



OLCDC unveils new, expressive video: "Invest in the people. Invest in Opa-locka"

Video Production Team: Two Parrot Productions, Eyes on Your Mission, Bristol Stategy Group, Florida International University School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and Miami Northwestern Senior High School

OLCDC publishes 2015 Annual Report


See highlights of some of OLCDC's key initiatives in the areas of affordable housing, economic development, housing and financial counseling, education, health, social services, arts and cultural development, family, community and civic engagement in the 2015 Annual Report.



2016 Wertheim Conference returns to Opa-locka

On September 20, 2016, FIU presented the Wertheim Conference, "How to Become a Healthcare Professional" at Sherbondy Village, 215 N. Perviz Avenue, Opa-locka 33054. OLCDC partnered with FIU and hosted the Conference's THRIVE interactive session on community health at the ARC.



OLCDC & partners install exercise machines at Magnolia North Park

On September 1, 2016, OLCDC funders and partners participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for 5 new outdoor exercise machines installed at Magnolia North Park. Funders include the Miami Foundation, the Health Foundation, Greenfields Outdoor Exercise Equipment, and Baptist Health.



OLCDC and partners' CodeMasters showcase summer robotics and game design projects

On July 27, students attending summer CodeMasters camps in Robotics at Carrie Meek/Westview K-8 Center and Game Design at Central High School presented robots they built and programmed and video games they designed during their six-week programs.

In addition to exploring STEM in action though robotics and game design, students spent the summer working daily with certified math teachers, preparing to transition to middle and high school, planning for higher education and touring college campuses, receiving career planning advice from STEM professionals, and visiting cultural and science venues on weekly field trips.

~~See the July 2016 Miami Herald article about CodeMasters.

OLCDC and partners celebrate 2016 Keeping Our Promise graduates

On June 2, OLCDC and partners hosted a graduation ceremony for students attending Dr. Robert B. Ingram Elementary, Nathan B. Young Elementary, and Golden Glades Elementary who participated during the 2015-2016 school year in the Children's Trust-funded Keeping Our Promise Program, which provides behavioral health, physical health, and education services through care coordination to students displaying at-risk behaviors.

Read more about OLCDC's Keeping Our Promise Program.

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