Community Development Leadership Institute

Explore PACDC's Community Development Leadership Institute trainings and events calendar.

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Contemporary Living in a Historic Environment: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Housing in Philadelphia

Please plan to join the Housing Committee as we, along with the AIA's Historic Preservation Committee, host our Third Annual Housing Event, "Contemporary Living in a Historic Environment: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Housing in Philadelphia." This forum will investigate the challenges and opportunities of rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic properties to residential use. Paul Steinke, Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, will moderate our discussion. Joining Paul will be: - David Waxman, Developer, MMPartners, LLC; - Robert Thomas, Architect, Campbell Thomas & Co.; - Brad Copeland, Executive Director, Mt. Airy USA Topics to be covered include: - Rehabilitation of Abandoned Structures - Steps to Transformation - Historic Tax Credits & Facade Easements - Aging Envelopes - Vision for the Futgure The event will be followed by a reception and continued discussion. AIA members will receive 1.5 AIA CES LUs (HSW) Continuing Education Credits. 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Registration & Light Refreshments 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Presentations & Panel Discussion 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Reception
Event Cost:
-$5 Students -$10 Members -$15 Non-Members
Tuesday, March 05, 2019 at 09:00 AM through March 07, 2019 · $15.00 USD

Philadelphia Land Bank

The Philadelphia Land Bank will present a two-part training on how to access vacant property through the Philadelphia Land Bank.  Part I will focus on how the Land Bank acquires privately owned tax delinquent property and how to use Land Bank acquisitions for planning.  Part II will focus on Land Bank disposition of property for re-use, including the Competitive Bid process, Direct Sales process, and Discounted Pricing.

Please register only if you plan to attend both sessions on Tuesday, March 5th and Thursday, March 7th. Each session will take place from 9am-12pm. Registration is $15 and covers Part I and Part II. 


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Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 09:00 AM · $30.00 USD
PACDC in Philadelphia , PA

Design and Construction Management

Led by architect and project management specialist William P. Becker, this full morning session features a step by step tutorial in all aspects of design and construction project management, including project planning, team selection, budgeting, design, procurement, construction and project close out.  Whether you are an experienced developer or looking to launch your first project, this session will arm you with important tools and insights to maximize your successful outcomes and minimize costly missteps.


  • Nancy Bastian, Partner, Cecil Baker Partners
  • William Becker, Becker & Frondorf, retired 
  • Edward Hillis, Founder and President, Domus Construction
  • Kenneth Scott, President & CEO, Beech Companies
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 09:00 AM · $15.00 USD
PACDC - Suite 1600 in Philadelphia, PA

CDC 101

This session features in-depth analysis of the local community development sector and the range of actors that intersect and includes best practice approaches in a range of crucial neighborhood revitalization efforts, including engagement, organizing, neighborhood planning and real estate development.

Majeedah Rashid of Nicetown CDC will share key wisdom and insight the power of community engagement, the responsibilities of CDCs as community stewards, and the landscape of community development (NACs, RCOs, other partners).

Kimberly Allen of Wells Fargo Regional Foundation will speak to her organization’s vision for Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, tip for successful project development, and broad trends that are emerging for community development.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 09:30 AM

Last Drop Financing

Join Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh staff as they share insight and practical tips for accessing FHLB Pittsburgh financing opportunities to meet your affordable housing development needs.  Learn about upcoming deadlines and requirements in utilizing a vital component to complete your projects and network with developers and others looking to advance high quality affordable housing in Philly and its surrounding communities.

We will serve a continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Registration is required as space availability is limited. 

Monday, April 22, 2019 at 05:00 PM
Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia , PA

Power and Influence

Join PACDC, Philadelphia LISC, and Temple University's Planning and Community Development Department for a training on Power and Influence to celebrate National Community Development Week! In this interactive discussion-based workshop, Tess Donie and Rodney Mobley of New Kensington CDC will introduce tools to identify where you have Influence in your community and understand how to best utilize your Power to be most effective in your work. This session will cover concepts of identity, power mapping, and collective action. Representatives from Temple's Planning and Community Development Department will also give an overview of their program, admissions, and financial aid process.

Dinner and refreshments will be served! Registration is free, but you must RSVP in advance to attend. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM

BRIC Training

Join PACDC at the Free Library Parkway Branch for a training on the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC).  With nothing but a library card, BRIC provides amazing FREE resources and data to help you understand your commercial corridors and neighborhood and engage in marketing and planning to encourage local economic development.  You don't need a library card to attend the training.  But seats are limited, so you must register in advance. To register more than one person, please register each person individually with their respective contact information. 

Due to limited space, this training is open to PACDC Members only. If you are a non-member and would like to be placed on the waiting list, please contact 

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 05:30 PM · $150.00 USD
WHYY in Philadelphia, PA

2019 Gala

Join PACDC for an evening of savory hor d'oeuvres, incredible drinks, and the best company at our Annual Gala & Awards Ceremony on the evening of Thursday, April 25th at WHYY. Help us celebrate and support the accomplishments of our member organizations and other community leaders from across the City. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to support equitable neighborhood revitalization across the city we all love.

We gratefully acknowledge our 2019 Signature Events Series Sponsors for their support and encouragement of our efforts on behalf of our members serving neighborhoods across Philadelphia.

We will be thrilled to present:

  • Blue Ribbon Awards for Community Development Excellence
  • Community Development Champion Award
  • Community Leader Award for Outstanding Resident Leadership
  • Equitable Entrepreneur Award for Achievement by an Individual Entrepreneur
  • Rising Star Award for Young Professionals under 40 at PACDC Member Organizations

We will also release the 2019 Edition of PACDC Magazine: Health + Community Development.

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Saturday, May 04, 2019 at 10:00 AM · $5.00 USD
Temple University Center City in Philadelphia, PA

Iron Sharpens Iron Spring 2019

Join us again for this popular and important gathering of dedicated individuals committed to advancing change at the neighborhood level.  Network and share best practice insights with like-minded people with some of the most effective grassroots organizing experience in the city.  Tailored for neighborhood leaders, block captains, RCO and NAC committee members and those looking to step up to help their communities.

Cost: $5, scholarships are available on a first-come, first served basis. For more information, please email

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