March 2016 

A Note from Jay
Learning for Our Community

On April 14th, for the 25th time, business & community leaders and members of the Community Development Partnership will gather for our Annual Meeting.  You can register to attend the Annual Meeting by clicking here

We will once again elect new Board Members and Officers. We will share information about our work over the past year. And, we will honor two individuals for excellence in community service and entrepreneurship. 

This year too, we have organized a panel of experts in the field of affordable housing development. They will help answer the question "Why is it so difficult to create affordable housing on the Lower Cape?"  While we believe there is growing public recognition of our region's affordable housing crisis, we also observe opposition to proposed affordable housing developments. Developing affordable housing is incredibly complicated and made more difficult by a number of factors unique to the Lower Cape.  It is my hope that this panel discussion will help residents and community leaders better understand and support some of the proposed solutions. 

At the Annual Meeting, we will welcome Matt Cole, President of Cape Associates; Lisa Guyon, Director of Community Benefits at Cape Cod Healthcare; and John Simonian, founder & co-owner of Beanstock Coffee Roasters to the CDP's Board of Directors. 

We will also honor Florence Seldin's 20 years of service to the CDP and numerous non-profits, town committees and regional boards, by presenting her with the Gwen Pelletier Award for Excellence in Community Service.  And Judy Tarr, owner of Ben & Jerry's in North Eastham will be honored with the Norm Edinberg Award for Excellence in Community Service. 

I hope you will join us for this annual celebration of the CDP's work to create opportunities for people to live, work and thrive on the Lower Cape!

Thank You
To Our Supporters 
  • TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation for a grant to support our Housing Rehabilitation Program
  • MA Office of Business Development for their support of our Micro Loan Program.
  • Liz Sorrell, Retired Superintendent of the Carver Public Schools and Resident of Wellfleet for designating charitable donations to the CDP in lieu of retirement gifts, and matching those gifts.
We couldn't do the work we do without these investments from our community and we thank them!

Safe, Stable & Affordable Housing

Building Community 
Work being completed by Pleasant Bay Siding

Local contractors are a critical resource for our Affordable Housing Programs. We rely on their services for a repair work and upgrades to the 75 affordable rental homes we manage at 22 different locations. They are integral to the work completed through our Housing Rehabilitation Program each year. And more than that, they are helping to strengthen community through their interactions with the homeowners we have helped.

Here's what some of those homeowners had to say:

"They (Cedarwood Builders) were all great with educating me about the (Housing Rehab) program and answering all my questions." Brooke, Harwich Homeowner

Rob (Northside Home Improvement) was phenomenal to work with. He was considerate, kind, conscientious and accommodating." Jamie, Wellfleet Homeowner 

"Mike Ferullo (Ferullo Remodeling) is an Angel. Thank you SO much for using great subs - they get it done and clean up; for your diligence and easy manner; and for your approachability and accountability." Ellen, Truro Homeowner

If you or someone you know is interested learning more about how to join our team of contractors, get in touch with Abigail at (508) 240-7873 x23 or

Strong Local Businesses
Making a Match 
Last year we were able to work with business owners in a new and innovative way. With mini-grants from the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, eligible business owners were able to access matching funds for professional services for their businesses.

CDP's Director of Economic Development, Glen Ohlund said, "Providing technical assistance to business owners is an important service we offer. It allows them to concentrate on refining and growing their business. In the process, business owners determine whether professional services are something they can manage in-house, or should delegate to someone who can provide support on an as-needed basis. We have heard from many of the grant recipients that the award has allowed them to complete tasks that have been on their to-do lists for far too long. Helping to grow the local economy and create jobs in the process is what this is all about."

Website design, accounting assistance, marketing specialists, promotional materials, and legal guidance are some of the ways the funds are being used. The grant provides a 75% match, and up to $5,000 per business owner. 
Maria Marasco, MA Office of Business Development, Lizzie, Katie and Jay

Business owners, Kate and Lizzy Escher of local apparel compan y ARTichoke commented, "We were very pleased with work that was done by both of the consultants we worked with through the professional services grant through the CDP.  The finished product of the Look Book came out wonderful and we received many compliments at the Las Vegas Trade Show. We managed to pick up 9 account orders at the show which would not have been possible without the collateral marketing material. We are so grateful!"   

So far we've worked with over a dozen business owners through this program, injecting nearly $20,000 into the local economy. For more information, contact Glen at (508) 2407-873 x13 or    

 A Sustainable Future     
Community Supported Agriculture

With the first signs of Spring apparent, summer is feeling not too far away. And with summer comes a greater abundance of locally grown products. One way to ensure your share of this local bounty is through a Community Supported Agriculture share or CSA. And there's no time like the present to sign up, as they often fill-up quickly.

A CSA is a way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from farmers. Traditionally, a consumer pays for a season's worth of produce (oftentimes months in advance). The consumer then receives a box of fruits, vegetables and other local product every week throughout the harvesting season. 

Local farmer, Lucas Dinwiddie of Halcyon Farm in Brewster said, "Community supported agriculture is a mutually beneficial relationship between a local farm and the community of people who receive the food the farm produces.  Members agree to share in the inherent benefits and risks of the agricultural season.  This arrangement guar antees the farmer financial support in the "off-season" by a community of eaters who are invested in the success of their farmers. Weekly pick-ups become a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, explore the farmscape and to take a moment to acknowledge and appreciate where you food comes from. Yay CSA!"

Here are some resources where you can find out more and search for CSA's near you:   

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OWFMOrleans Winter Farmers' Market
 Next Markets: Saturdays, April 2nd and 16th


Geek Girl Tech Con is ON
We are proud to be a Sponsor of Geek Girl Tech Con

If you've never heard of TechCon - it's a Cape Cod institution - empowering women, men, kids, students and non-profits in technology for 8 years with over 80 hands-on workshops, panels, a HackRoom, a PitchFest, Marketplace Exhibit area a nd Help Desk. Your ticket also comes with a tshirt, swag bag and lunch. Not to mention FREE Headshots for your LinkedIn profile.

We are pleased to offer a special LOW member rate of $99 for small businesses - saving you $70! Click the link below and Use Code: CDP99 for your special rate. 

Saturday, April 9th   
Where: Monomoy Regional High School

SCORE Individual Business Counseling
Could your business use some extra guidance? Want to bounce business ideas off of someone? The CDP has arranged with Cape Cod SCORE to offer Individual Business Counseling with SCORE counselors right here in Eastham. Sign up today! 

Wednesday, April 13th; Wednesday, May 25th; and Thursday, June 16th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (1 hour sessions).  
Where: CDP Conference Room  3 Main Street Mercantile, Unit 8 in Eastham
Sign Up:
More Information: Contact Pam at 508-240-7873 x18 or by email

Housing Rehabilitation Program Information Session
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Join us for an information session at the Provincetown Council on Aging to learn about opportunities available through the Housing Rehabilitation Program. Funds are available to eligible residents to pay for critical home repairs, like: 
  • Roofing and siding 
  • Electrical
  • Heating and plumbing work
  • Structural repairs
  • Lead paint abatement
  • Energy efficiency upgrades
When: Tuesday, April 12th 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM 
Where: Truro Council on Aging - 346 US Route 6, North Truro
More Information: Contact Jean at 508-240-7873 x14 or by email

First Time Home Buyer Education
If you or someone you know is thinking of buying a first home (or even if you've started the process), our First Time Home Buyer Education is for you! During this 3-part workshop, participants learn about:   
*    Credit Health

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*    Budgeting
*    Looking for, selecting & purchasing a home
*    Home Inspection
*    Home Energy Audits
*    Insurance Protection
*    Local Resources

Those who successfully complete the class are awarded a certificate of completion that may make them eligible for certain discount mortgage products.   
When: The workshop consists of three classes on the following date s--Wednesday, April 20th; Monday, April 25th and Wednesday, April 27th from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
CDP Conference Room - 3 Main Street Mercantile, Unit 8 in Eastham
Sign Me Up:
Find Out More:
Contact Andrea at 508-240-7873 x10 or by email .

Affordable Housing Opportunities
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Affordable Rentals 
We manage 75 rental homes throughout the Lower Cape. Availability changes on a regular basis. Please contact our Director of Property Management at 508.240.7873 ×17 or email If you have questions and for more information. You can also find out more on our website.   
Housing Rehabilitation Program
Attention homeowners and landlords! Receive up to $35,000 for critical repairs to your home. Repairs include, but are not limited to roofing, heat, windows, siding, septic, lead paint abatement and energy efficiency upgrades. Get expert assistance on planning the work and work with quality licensed and insured contractors. Funding is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Opportunities in Dennis, Harwich, Eastham,
Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown.  
You can find out more at our website or by contacting our Housing Rehab Program Manager, Jean Stanley at (508) 240-7873 x14 or by email.   

Radio Show
                     Tune In to This Place Matters
       92.1 WOMR & 91.3 WFMR   
 Wednesdays 12:30pm  
Also on Lower Cape TV 

Join host Susan Lindquist & her guests for a lunchtime
talk about life on Lower Cape Cod.

April 6th: CDP Executive Director, Jay Coburn discusses some of the CDP's upcoming events and ongoing initiatives.

April 13th:
Danielle Jeanloz, Executive Director of the Atwood House Museum / Chatham Historical Society talks about the museum and their upcoming events and activities.

April 20th: 
Ruth Campbell, Director of the local Food 4 Kids Program, shares information about their important program focused on feeding children in need during the summer.  

  Click Here to Listen to or Watch Past Shows  

If you have an idea for a guest or topic - Contact us 

E-newsletter Photo Credits to Abigail Chapman

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