The Sacred Ground Project (SGP) has partnered with Preservation Virginia, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Valentine, and the Amherst, Massachusetts-based Center for Design Engagement (C*DE) to apply for funding from the National Trust's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund to conduct an economic impact and benefits study of the Community Proposal for a Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park. The application was due May 16, and we hope to hear good news this summer.
To extend the conversation, SGP and C*DE are hosting a two-part program called the Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park Economic Strategies Forum designed to inspire discussion and ideas for Richmond by showcasing successful models for economic development in neighborhoods that produce real jobs and economic benefit for the people who live in those neighborhoods. Part one is called "Creating Livelihoods" and part two, "Home and Land" will discuss traditional and non-traditional models for home ownership and home retention. Save the Date July 12 for Part One.