A casual glance at my daily calendar might beg the question, "Why is the CEO of an affordable housing developer meeting with bicycle shop owners, flying to West Virginia or speaking on the radio about educational opportunities?"
Well, the answer to all three is that everything starts with housing.
PSHH is involved in economic development at the community level for a number of reasons. If I can help a business open its doors or relocate to an area where our residents live, that increases job opportunities and provides work closer to home. This decreases
costly commutes, puts more money in peoples pockets and increases valuable
time for families to be together.
I spend a lot of time on planes because many of the decisions that affect our community are made out of state. Right now, I am closely watching the emergence of Opportunity Zones - hence my trip to West Virginia -
where I was able to meet with the staff of Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), one of the co-sponsors of the Investing in Opportunity Act which is set to spur trillions (yes trillions with a 't'!) in both economic and social investment.
And lastly, with the recent completion of our bold five year plan for expanded site-based education, I found myself as a guest on KZSB AM1290. Since we began our education program sixteen years ago, we have undeniably changed the academic trajectory of a generation of children. Despite the achievement of now seeing our first student finish her first year of a masters program at an Ivy League university, I want to do so much more.
So when you want to do more, you need more partners, and to get more partners, you need to reach more people. So how do you reach more people? Well...you go on a radio show!