Here at the Partnership, we’ve seen quite a few changes over the past year. Like so many other organizations, the Partnership was heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the entire experience has presented quite a few challenges, it’s provided an unprecedented opportunity to revisit internal structures and address gaps in capacity that have been identified as a result.

In the months since the pandemic began, the Partnership has hired a new Executive Director (that’s me!), updated the organizations bylaws, added three permanent staff members, adopted updated policies and procedures and continued to serve our residents and commercial tenants. The bylaws were updated to better fit the qualifications of the Community Housing Development Organization designation, allow better communication in the face of emergency situations and increase the number of members on the Board of Directors.

Since September, we’ve welcomed Steve Arthur, Michele Bowen and Toby Heaney to our staff roster. Steve is our Maintenance Technician. He brings nearly a decade of experience and is a certified electrician. Michele loves her role as Property Manager and works diligently everyday to ensure that our residents are safe, happy and well taken care of. Toby is a retired veteran with an MBA and has the role of Finance Administrative Assistant while he pursues his PhD in Economics from WVU. I’m incredibly proud of this team and I can’t wait to see where we go from here! You can read more about all of us here.

We’ve also had the opportunity to elect six new board members, including Eric Pulice, Alex Petry, Robert Kelly, Bruce McDaniel, Nick Fantasia and Marcella Yaremchuk. Each of these members bring a unique perspective and vast experience as public servants, city administrators and community leaders. You can read more about each of them here.

With a whole new staff, new operating procedures and the new year, we embarked on the adventure of updating our website and increasing our communication efforts with the community. Here, you’ll be able to see the most up-to-date news and information, log in to your resident portal, add yourself to our housing waitlist and apply for small business loans. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter here to learn more about project updates, volunteer opportunities and other news and events. < link to sign up form

It’s been a wild year, but we’re ready for the next step and look forward to being a continued partner in community development for all of Marion County.