Category: The Outsider’s View

Reimagining Accountability

  Brittany Bennett is a commercial loan officer at Self-Help, a community development financial institution based in Durham, NC. She’s deeply passionate about social justice; loves delicious food, especially with good conversation; and constantly looks for a chance to show off pictures of her adorable nephew. Find her on Twitter at @BBenn4.   I have … Continued

Flint: A Lesson in Government Failure

With criminal charges for three government officials announced this week, this timely post was written by guest writer, Katherine Shor, who is the Food System Finance Program Assistant at Self-Help and the Organizing Intern at Food & Water Watch North Carolina. She earned her BA in Public Policy at UNC-Chapel Hill and is passionate about environmental justice. By: Katherine … Continued

Getting Schooled: Creative Reuse of Historic School Buildings

This post originally appeared on the UNC School of Government’s Community Economic Development blog on July 16, 2015. It was written by Natalie Patterson, a Fellow with the School of Government’s Development Finance Initiative and a Master’s candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill. See the original post here.  In the … Continued

A Prescription for Nutrition in Durham, NC

The Outsider’s View is a column written by Brittany Bennett (LinkedIn & Twitter), Development, Policy and Impact Associate at Self-Help, on community development and other topics she finds relevant and interesting, usually with examples from North Carolina. As a follow-up to this column I wrote for ELGL’s partnership with GOVERNING, I wanted to share an example of … Continued

My Thoughts on Publicly Discussing Race

ELGL continues the #13Percent focus on racial diversity in the local government workforce. Race Doesn’t Exist in a Vacuum by Casie Yoder, City of Decatur, GA, penned our first entry. Today we hear from Brittany Bennett, Self Help. 

ELGL’s Voice in Governing

ELGL is working with Governing to provide voices to the most relevant issues and trends in local government. Brittany Bennett, Self Help in Durham, NC, takes the microphone this month with her article, “Why Access to Healthy Food Belongs on Government’s Equity Agenda.“ Kirsten WyattI’m the co-founder and executive director of ELGL. I love my … Continued

Breaking Barriers with the Building Integrated Communities Project

The Outsider’s View is a monthly column written by Brittany Bennett on community economic development in North Carolina.  Breaking Barriers with the Building Integrated Communities Project By: Brittany Bennett – LinkedIn and Twitter In continuation of January’s theme of breaking barriers and building community, I wanted to learn more about the Building Integrated Communities Project, an … Continued

Lessons on Building Community from Ron Carlee, City of Charlotte

  The Outsider’s View is a monthly column written by Brittany Bennett (LinkedIn & Twitter) on community and economic development issues and examples in North Carolina. In December, ELGL hosted a second Twittersation on the events in Ferguson, MO that left me feeling optimistic about the future of local government leadership because of the enthusiastic … Continued

Growing Pains: Can Light Rail and Affordable Housing Co-Exist?

The Outsider’s View is a monthly column written by Brittany Bennett on interesting and innovative community and economic development happenings in North Carolina with an emphasis on areas for potential collaboration between local governments and other partners. Can Light Rail and Affordable Housing Co-Exist? by Brittany Bennett – LinkedIn and Twitter Growth is good. It … Continued

CDFI Insider

The Outsider’s View is a monthly column written by Brittany Bennett on interesting and innovative community and economic development happenings in North Carolina with an emphasis on areas for potential collaboration between local governments and other partners.   I began working for Durham, NC- based Self-Help five months ago, and have tried to be as … Continued

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