Community Economic Development Summer Associate, Project HOME

Posted by on April 5, 2002

PROJECT H.O.M.E. – Community Economic Development Summer Associate

Project/Job Description:
This part-time summary associate position will focus on two primary
projects that are critical to the success of our community economic
development initiative.

The first project involves data collection related to the ownership,
usage, and physical conditions of the Ridge Avenue Commercial Corridor
in Lower North Central Philadelphia. The data will be used to establish
prioritized plans for the re-use of vacant property, promoting business
clusters, attracting new businesses, and evaluating the impact of the
community economic development program. Given our commitment to
community involvement and the area to be covered (roughly 10 blocks),
data collection will be coordinated with community residents and
stakeholders. This process will involve a walking tour to assess the
status of property and parcels on each block and take digital
photographs of each property. Once data is collected the intern will be
responsible for leading the data entry effort. An Access database will
be available for data entry and inventory development.

The second project involves providing research and administrative
support to the local business association and the three committees
implementing Ridge Avenue on the Rebound. The intern may be expected to
do any of the following:

o Research zoning laws for the commercial corridor
o Compile information from various city and community agencies for
community handbook
o Develop and distribute flyers announcing meetings, workshops, and
o Attend all workshops and meetings related to Ridge Avenue on the
Rebound and the local business association (some meetings might be
scheduled in the evenings or on weekends)
o Record meeting minutes for Project H.O.M.E. files
o Provide assistance to and actively participate in open space
management projects, community clean ups and sidewalk sweeps, community
celebrations, etc.

Experience Requirements:

o Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and preferably Access.
o Interest in economic and open space development
o Excellent written and verbal skills
o Ability to work in a complex organization with multiple relationships
o Ability to adapt to changing work assignments and to function
effectively in a high pressure, short deadline environment
o Ability to work well with a wide variety of people

Hours: 25 hours/per week for 14 weeks; flexible (Monday – Friday; some
Pay: $11/hour
Start Date: Monday, May 13, 2002
End Date: Friday, August 16, 2002

All resumes and cover letters must be submitted by Tuesday, April 16,

For a complete job description, please contact:
Peter Gonzales
Commercial/Economic Developer
Project H.O.M.E.
1845 N. 23rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Tel.: 215-235-3110 ext. 20
Fax: 215-235-4441

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