Friday, February 08, 2008

Duluth LISC Announces New Local Advisory Board Members

Duluth LISC is pleased to announce the addition of Scott Bradt, senior vice president of Wells Fargo Bank-Duluth, and Jennifer Ryan, vice president of US Bank-Duluth, to its Local Advisory Board. They join current board members: Joe Johnson, North Shore Bank of Commerce; Abbot Apter, Mercury Investment Co.; Tom Cotruvo, Duluth Economic Development Authority; Dr. Keith Dixon, Duluth Public Schools; Ron Franzen, St. Luke’s; Peggy Hanson, Minnesota Power; Sister Kathleen Hofer, St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic Health System; Frank Jewell, Men As Peacemakers; Shane Johnson, Johnson-Wilson Constructors; Stan Kaitfors, Community Action Duluth; Bob Odman, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency and John Scott, Damberg, Scott, Gerzina, Wagner. The board provides guidance regarding strategic direction, fund development, program prioritization and marketing.

“Our Local Advisory Board is a blend of private and public sector leaders,” says Pam Kramer, executive director of Duluth LISC. “Their broad range of backgrounds reflects the quality of life needs for a thriving, sustainable community. We are pleased that Scott and Jennifer have joined our Board and greatly appreciate our continued partnership with Wells Fargo Bank and US Bank.”

Duluth is one of 11 “Sustainable Community” sites in the nation. As a Sustainable Community, Duluth LISC is expanding its efforts beyond its successful development of affordable housing to focus on revitalizing core neighborhoods by pursuing five fundamental goals: expanding investment in housing and other real estate; increasing family income and wealth; stimulating economic activity and connecting neighborhoods and residents to mainstream economy; improving access to quality education; and supporting healthy environments and lifestyles.

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