September 2019
Live, Work, Thrive
Your Monthly Update
from the Community Development Partnership
A Word from Jay...
August 22 nd was a beautiful evening for the CDP and the communities we serve as over 170 guests came together for our 6 th Annual Summer Evening on the Farm, helping us to raise over $200,000 including $175,000 through a fund a need auction.

We are so grateful for the support from our sponsors, the host committee and vendors (a full list available by clicking here ) who all helped make the event a financial success and a great celebration of the work we do to create opportunities for people to live, work and thrive on the Lower Cape. A special thank you to our fund a need auctioneer, former State Senator and Cape Air founder & CEO Dan Wolf for inspiring such generosity.

Are you planning to make a major contribution of $1,000 or more to the CDP this year and use our Community Investment Tax Credit Program? If so, please let us know as soon as possible. Our allocation of $200,000 worth of state tax credits is going fast and we would be happy to set some aside for your use in 2019. Contact Britt Beedenbender our Chief Development & Communication Officer .

Finally, we have a busy fall planned as we focus on our future through a strategic planning process. Our Board and staff will participate in a day long retreat later this month and I look forward to sharing with you in coming months our future plans for new investments and programs to support a vibrant, year-round community.

Enjoy September, the best month on Cape Cod and thanks for your support.
Jay Coburn
Chief Executive Officer
First Time Home Buyer
First Time Home Buyer Education: Helping to make a lifelong dream into a reality
“The course was really helpful. We learned how to make a budget, how to determine what you can save and how to prioritize your bills.”

Jessica Looney, W. Yarmouth
First Time Home Buyer graduate

For many of us, purchasing a home will be the single largest investment we will make. Ironically, it is an investment and process that we enter into with little knowledge or guidance. This lack of understanding can at times have serious consequences. New home owners may find themselves over extended, or there may be issues with the house that a home inspection would have identified had one been conducted.

Recognizing this, the CDP developed a First Time Home Buyer education course 12 years ago to help potential home owners navigate the process and budget appropriately. To date over 550 individuals have graduated from our in person and online First Time Home Buyer workshops.

Over the past 8 months, 41 people have graduated from our First Time Home Buyer class. One of those graduates was Jessica Looney, who recently purchased her grandparent’s house in West Yarmouth.
Supporting Local Business
Allard Farm: A labor of love that is bearing fruit
“Having a cash flow was huge and it made a significant difference in how we were able to run our business.”

Marjorie McGinnis,
Co-owner, Allard Farm

At the end of a dirt lane, John Allard and Marjorie McGinnis can be found working the soil and nurturing their plants. They are in the process of resurrecting the old Allard family farm and it is a labor of love that is bearing fruit.
In the 1960s John Allard‘s parents built a nursery on their 20-acre property that included a pond and an old cranberry bog. At the time, “we were the only nursery around and people from across the Cape came to visit and purchase their plants,” recalls John. In the 1970s and ‘80s, the nursery was in its heyday, but in the 1990s business shifted as “everyone, including Stop & Shop, got into the plant selling business,” says John, and the nursery ultimately shut down.  John went into business on his own, starting a landscape company called Outdoorworks.

Supporter Spotlight
Supporter Spotlight: Peter Freeman
“The CDP works so closely with the local people and you have built a track record of credibility that carries over into your housing work and educational outreach.”

Peter L. Freeman, Attorney at Law
Yarmouth Port, MA

When it comes to understanding the complexities of affordable housing and land—use laws, few are better versed or experienced than Attorney Peter Freeman. As he describes it, the services he provides are “soup to nuts” as he works with developers, municipalities, non-profits, and individual homeowners. 
In addition to his law practice, Peter is an adjunct professor at Boston University School of Law, where he has been on the faculty for 40 years and teaches Historic Preservation Law and Affordable Housing Law and Community Development. He has been a guest lecturer at the CDP’s Lower Cape Community Housing Institute, is a monthly supporter, and takes advantage of the Community Investment Tax Credit program through the CDP. 
A resident of Cummaquid, Peter grew up in Newton and summered with his family on Lake Wequaquet in Centerville in the small seasonal community that his grandfather helped establish in the 1950s.

Upcoming Events
Team CDP in home stretch for The Gasp

On September 15, our ten-member Team CDP will leave Sandwich and bike to Provincetown to raise money for our economic development programs and housing initiatives.

The Gasp is a fun-filled all day event that begins with a 55 mile bike ride and ends with a boat ride and lobster boil.

We are in the home stretch but would love your support to help us reach our fundraising goals!

Check out this video to learn more about the new and improved Gasp bike ride!
Business & Credit Workshops
QuickBooks Help Sessions

September 12
3:00 - 5:00
CDP Offices, Eastham

September 16
1:00 - 3:00
CDP Offices, Eastham
Do you use QuickBooks Online or QuickBooks Desktop? Are you having trouble, stuck on something or are things just not working right? Where do you go for help? Come to the CDP’s QuickBooks Help Sessions on Monday or Thursday afternoons and get your questions answered. The CDP will run these sessions September - December. Get your records together now, be ready for tax season, and start off the new year on the right foot!

SCORE Individual Business Counseling

September 18
9:00 - 1:00
CDP Offices, Eastham
Upcoming Small Business Office Hours

CDP Offices
September 10 th
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
3 Main Street Mercantile Unit 18A

Harwich Cultural Center
September 12 th
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
204 Sisson Road

Chatham Works
September 17 th
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
323 Orleans Road

Provincetown Commons
September 24 th
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
46 Bradford Street
Cape & Islands License Plate Program

Here's something exciting...those Cape & Islands License Plates are a huge benefit to the CDP. Did you know that each year they generate nearly $200,000 in funds to support our programs? 

You can order your plate online here. The funds generated as a result of this program help support a number of organizations across the Cape including the CDP.

This Place Matters
In last month's episode of This Place Matters Jay and guests Andrew Stern and Grant King discuss relocating from the city to the Lower and Outer Cape, and shifting to a remote business model.

This Place Matters
  our bi-weekly radio & television show
Tune in
 92.1 WOMR & 91.3 WFMR   
 Wednesdays 12:30pm
  Also on  Lower Cape TV

Join host Jay Coburn & guests to learn more 
about activities affecting the people and places on the Lower and Outer Cape.

September 11 : Join Sam Bennison, owner of JoMama' Bagels in Chatham as he discusses the CDP's micro loan and business and credit programs.

September 25 : Join Laurie Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of the Gestalt International Study Institute and Michael Shipman, Vice President of Talent at Rockland Trust as they discuss the Gestalt Institute.

If you have an idea for a guest or topic -  Contact Britt Beedenbende r
Thank you for supporting the work we do to make the Lower Cape a place where we can all live, work and thrive !