January 2023
Live, Work, Thrive
Your Monthly Update
from the Community Development Partnership
A Word from Jay...

New Year’s greetings from our new offices in Orleans! For the past 30 years, the CDP occupied office space at the Main Street Mercantile in Eastham. We were fortunate to be centrally located just off Route 6. However, our offices were spread out between two buildings making it difficult for staff from our various departments to informally collaborate and communicate.

For much of the decade that I have led the CDP, it has been my goal to move us into a space that would foster more collaboration between staff. Over the summer we found a buyer for part of our Eastham space and launched a search for new offices. We were fortunate to locate a space in a building on Route 6A at the Orleans-Brewster border and we moved in the first week of December.

Our new offices at 260 Cranberry Highway in Orleans allow all of us to be under one roof. This new space is also designed to accommodate a more modern, post-COVID workplace. With many staff working a combination of remote and in-person work, we are using much less space. We have also installed state-of-the-art video conferencing equipment to support more effective remote and hybrid meetings.

Once we are settled, we plan to hold some open houses to allow our supporters an opportunity to come visit us in the new space. In the meantime, all of us are very much enjoying being in one space and working together more collaboratively. We have an ambitious year ahead of us as we work to build a stronger and more diverse year-round community of people who can afford to live, work and thrive here. I look forward to sharing our challenges and successes. Thanks for helping to make them possible!
Jay Coburn
President & Chief Executive Officer
Supporting Local Business
The CDP Helps a Local Business Relaunch and Rebrand
It was such an easy process, even coming from a non-business background. It was the best option for me, and I don’t know if I would be here without the help
of the CDP.”
 –Jessica Kidd, Owner, Coastal Bridal Boutique
The Community Development Partnership’s Business and Credit programs are designed to meet the needs of businesses at any stage and business owners at every level of experience. Jessica Kidd worked hard to help grow her employer’s bridal business. When it came time for her to set out on her own, she turned to the CDP for help.
Jessica first moved to the Cape for her husband’s work in 2017. She had a strong background as a professional bridal seamstress and wanted to continue working in the industry on Cape Cod. While looking for work, several friends suggested she reach out to Maureen Leavenworth. Maureen is the owner of Vintage in Vogue, a vintage clothing and bridal store in Orleans. Maureen was trying to grow the bridal part of the store and it seemed like Jessica could be the perfect partner. 
*Photo: Jessica Kidd (left) with dress models at her store launch party in December
Housing Matters
The Lower Cape Community Housing Partnership:
Revamped and Refocused
“This year we really want to focus our energy and resources on one specific outcome that is high impact.”
 –Andrea Aldana, Chief Program Officer, CDP
The housing crisis on the Lower and Outer Cape is constantly evolving. Ideas and solutions that may have been appropriate five years ago might not work today. To meet the ever-changing needs of the community, the Lower Cape Community Housing Partnership staff regularly evaluates and adjusts strategies to continue to be at the forefront of the housing conversation.

The Lower Cape Community Housing Partnership has three components:

  • The Lower Cape Housing Institute
  •  Housing Advocacy
  • Public Education
Supporter Spotlight
Supporter Spotlight: Bill Madden
It is important for organizations like the CDP to have the resources and the opportunities to help people. Nobody can do it by themselves,”
 –Bill Madden, CDP Advisory Council Member
At the Community Development Partnership, we put an emphasis on collaboration. Our goal is to bring together people of diverse backgrounds and skill sets. We help them use their knowledge to support the Lower and Outer Cape community. When William (Bill) Madden was looking to get more involved in the community, he was able to use his professional expertise as a loan officer to support our work as a member of both the Advisory Council and the Business and Credit Committee.

Bill grew up on the Cape and it has always felt like home for him and his family. “Both of my grandparents would come here or to Plymouth during the summers, and whenever we hold big family reunions they are always here.” Yet, like many people who grew up on the Cape, Bill left for college with no plans to return anytime soon. 
Other News
The CDP Receives $10,000 Grant from Rockland Trust

The CDP is grateful to be part of Rockland Trust's initiative to assist Community Development Corporations across Massachusetts. We are one of thirteen organizations to receive funding, which will support our programs on the Lower and Outer Cape.

Photo: From left to right - Kathy Granlund, Business Banking Specialist at Rockland Trust and member of the CDP Advisory Council, Jay Coburn CEO of the CDP and Tom Golden, Vice President, Community Reinvestment Act Officer at Rockland Trust
Check out the Lower Cape Housing and ADU Resource Center
Join us for a free virtual information session on January 18th from 10:30 - 11:30 AM. Learn more about the services offered by the Lower Cape Housing & ADU Resource Center and see if building an Accessory Dwelling Unit is right for you.

Free Small Business Assistance

The CDP's Business & Credit program team is available for one-on-one technical assistance. Get the resources you need to make the most of the upcoming off-season.

Small Business Technical Assistance is available:
  • Remotely via phone or video conference
  • In-person at the Provincetown Commons, The 204 (Harwich Cultural Center), and Chatham Works

Click the link below to schedule a 30 or 60-minute appointment! 
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Additional Resources for Businesses
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