Strives Work Cited in White House Council for Community Solutions Report as a Leading Example of Community Collaborative Success

Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) June 07, 2012

The White House Council for Community Solutions has cited the Strive Partnership in a new report, recognizing the Partnerships success in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky in increasing high school graduation rates and college-attendance rates over a six-year period.

The report, titled Community Solutions for Opportunity Youth, is meant to highlight successful strategies to empower Americas youth, particularly those between ages 16-24 who have become disconnected from both school and jobs. The report, presented to President Obama this week, identified a dozen communities across the country where multiple sectors have pulled together in order to increase progress by more than 10 percent on a community-wide metric, and more than 100 additional communities that are making progress in this direction.

Specifically, the report recognized KnowledgeWorks, the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and the University of Cincinnati for creating Strive in order to strategically address ways to solve the problem of high school graduation and college enrollment rates, among others.

A shared vision, deep research, and data-driven planning and evaluation were several important factors that made the program succeed. Strategically aligning existing resources against cradle-to-career needs has led to 40 of the 54 identified indicators moving in a positive direction with several including college enrollment rates, the report said about Strive.

Jeff Edmondson, Managing Director of the Strive Network that is now expanding the cradle to career approach nationwide, said the White House report validates that communities must be strategic to find ways to solve longstanding problems related to improving student achievement.

We realized, as are so many other communities that we have to stop being program rich and system poor. A spray and pray approach to improving outcomes for children does not work, Edmondson said. Once a community begins to focus their collective efforts to improve specific outcomes, the dial on student achievement will really start to move. Thats what our work is all about and that is what this report affirms. Over the long-term, the social and economic payoff is substantial for communities who do this well.

Greg Landsman, who heads the Strive Partnership in Cincinnati, said he was honored that the partnerships work was recognized.

This is really a testament to the contributions of all of our partners on the ground that carry out the work, apply the data, and seek to continuously improve outcomes for kids, Landsman said. If our community is seen as providing lessons others can draw from to improve, that makes us proud.

President Obama created the White House Council for Community Solutions in December 2010 by Executive Order to encourage the growth and maximize the impact of innovative community solutions and civic participation. The Council was charged with: identifying key attributes of successful community solutions; highlighting best practices, tools, and models of cross-sector collaboration and civic participation; and making recommendations on how to engage all stakeholders in community solutions that have a significant impact on solving the nations most serious problems.

The report comes on the heels of the U.S. Department of Educations recently announced Race to the Top district competition, which awards school districts for developing partnerships that lead to Cradle to Career Results, Resource Alignment and Integrated Services. In essence, it gives districts working with partners a path to shift from loosely defined collaboration to concrete goals and expectations for performance and accountability among all those who are investing time, talent and treasure in the success of children.

To read the full White House Council for Community Solutions report, please click on this link.

Johnny Cupcakes Cooks up a New Web Experience for its Community

(PRWEB) March 14, 2015

After shutting down its website in anticipation for relaunch, Johnny Cupcakes, the independent fashion brand with a recipe for success, is unveiling a new web experience today for its community at From becoming a Johnny Cupcakes model to engaging with other Cupcakers, thousands of fans and customers alike can now virtually experience Johnny Cupcakes on a personal level.

Through extensive customer research, the brand discovered its passionate followers were most drawn to Johnny Cupcakes for its tightknit feeling of community, exclusivity and unique personality. These core elements have long been cornerstones of Johnny Cupcakes events, retail bakery environments and endless community surprises, but less prominent online, driving the brand to redevelop its digital presence to create a signature experience.

Community is the most important part of our brand, and everything we do is dedicated to creating a personal experience that hopefully makes people smile and laugh, said Johnny Earle, Head Baker and CEO for Johnny Cupcakes. While many brands struggle to engage customers, our community and social interactions have been at the heart of our brand from the start, and were leveraging these core values in exciting new ways online.


Integrating community into its new web presence, fans can now share photos of themselves wearing their favorite Johnny Cupcakes items via Facebook

Keystone Pacific Orange County Property Management Promotes Tina Rosenbaum to Community Manager

Irvine, CA. (PRWEB) September 26, 2012

Keystone Pacific Property Management, a leading property management company providing services to community associations throughout Southern California, is proud to announce the promotion of Tina Rosenbaum to Community Manager.

In her promotion as Community Manager, Tina will be supporting the General Manager of CZ Master Association located in Orange County property management. Based in the Rancho Santa Margarita office, she will assist with the day-to-day operations of the community including; Board meeting preparation, on-site inspections and maintaining the aesthetics of the community.

We are delighted to have Tina take on this increased responsibility, said Denise Bergstrom, Vice President of Association Management. Tina did an outstanding job managing the architectural desk for the community in her previous position. She is well-equipped to assist the General Manager of CZ with the day to day operations of this large scale community.

Tina joined the Keystone Pacific Property Management team in May, 2011 and has over six years of experience in property management. Rosenbaum is currently pursuing her Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM

Beautiful New Metal Worship Facility Offers Inspiration for Community

Columbus, Miss. (PRWEB) September 18, 2012

Who thought inspiration could come in the form of an engineered steel building? Kenneth Joyner did. When the CEO of J&J Contractors was hired to finish a long-range growth plan for NorthPark Church in Meridian, Miss., he turned to Ceco Building Systems. The end product was a stunning worship facility that not only serves the congregation but has already struck a chord with visitors.

J&J Contractors in nearby Collinsville, Miss., constructed the churchs original facility. For this latest project, designed to accommodate the churchs growing congregation and multiple ministries, Joyner brought in Ceco because metal was the most economical choice for this type structure.

Founded in 1956, the non-denominational Christian evangelical church has over 400 members. This second 19,000 square foot addition is the completion of a 15-year plan which included the relocation of the church in 1999 to the northeast part of the city. We started in June 2010, commented Joyner. The congregation had their first service in the new sanctuary on June 22 of this year.

Just as J&J has worked closely with NorthPark Church for well over a decade through two major construction projects, J&J worked closely with Ceco to meet the needs of their customer. Ceco Building Systems has been serving the needs of its customers and their clients for 65 years, said Ceco President Roger Burlingame. At Ceco, we focus on four vital factors of success: customer relationships, superior product quality, excellent service and competitive pricing. Customers look to Ceco when they are thinking about their construction projects.

The work of J&J and Ceco has made our church a spiritual center for our community, commented Senior Pastor Earl Wheatley Jr. The physical statement of our new structure reaches out to people all hours of the day and night.

Burlingame said, Ceco Building Systems frequently works with our Ceco Builders and church customers to meet their specific needs. Each is different, and Ceco is up to the challenge of helping design and erect churches from small chapels to the most complex and unique designs. It was a privilege to work with J&J Contractors and NorthPark Church.

Using over 164 tons of steel, J&J Contractors, who designed the project and served as metal erector, constructed the 19,000 square-foot sanctuary and satellite buildings using Cecos architectural standing seam roofing material. The roof color is Ceco Classic Green in a long-life paint.

The new facility consists of a sanctuary, eight classrooms, two nurseries, a cry room, four restrooms, a storage area, a chapel, and a choir practice room and music room. These new buildings were connected to the existing 22,000 square feet of buildings. During construction, the congregation held services in the multipurpose building.

Ceco Building Systems District Sales Manager Roger Shivers explained the intricacy of the sanctuary, designed with fan-type seating. This was a very complex project. It involved a high roof, a low roof and buildings extending off the sanctuary. Shivers quipped, There is not one square corner in the building. The sanctuary roof height is 52 feet at the peak. One of the three large stained glass windows stands a lofty 30-feet high.

A unique and somewhat difficult-to-construct aspect of this metal building system project was the construction of three large crosses on top of the sanctuary. The difficulty was in the structural considerations because of the particular area where the crosses were located.

Another unique aspect of the new NorthPark Church is the main entrance, according to Shivers. Its not a traditional front entrance. Its a drive-through, and its built recessed into the connector between the old and new entrances.

Looking back, though, Shivers commented on the end result. Even with the challenging construction, the custom metal buildings erected wonderfully. I credit Cecos engineering and detailing staff for their attention to detail and their relevant experience with worship building design.

Rev. Wheatley praised the project team. J&Js design is striking, he commented, and Cecos ability to provide the materials needed has been a dream come true for our congregation. Our entire community is impressed with the new worship center addition to our facility. The sanctuary, new nurseries, additional classrooms, music ministry suite and chapel have come together beautifully to help us reach more people in our community.

Wheatley added that the building is already serving as an inspirational area. We recently hosted a medical seminar, he said. One participant, from another part of the state, wrote us, thanking us for opening our facility for training. He wrote, The day turned out to be more than a learning event for me. I had the chance to enter the new part of your building, and it was a spiritual event for me. The beauty of your sanctuary and the solitude of the chapel ministered to me in a powerful way. If I lived closer I would be worshiping with you soon. Cecos work with us has had more than material benefits our new structure is ministering spiritually as well!

J&J Contractors was started in 1959 by Kenneth D. Joyner Sr. The company specializes in residential, commercial and industrial construction, as well as design-build projects. The company motto is Professionals with Purpose, and its goal is to provide the best designed, best built project in the most economical way possible.

Ceco Building Systems, a leading division of NCI Building Systems, designs and fabricates attractive, energy-efficient, affordable, easily expandable and function-oriented metal buildings. Ceco is well-known for its local builder support and design collaboration to meet specific space and functional requirements of all projects. For more information visit

NCI Building Systems Inc,. is one of North Americas largest integrated manufacturers of metal products for the nonresidential building industry. NCI is comprised of a family of companies operating manufacturing facilities across the United States and Mexico, with additional sales and distribution offices throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more about NCI, visit

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NoveList and Library Journal Announce The LibraryAware Community Award

Ipswich, MA (PRWEB) June 22, 2012

Library Journal is looking for libraries that are deeply engaged with their community and where the community is equally engaged with the library. A new award, the LibraryAware Community Award, will recognize those cities and towns and their libraries, or library systems, that have demonstrated their ability to make the community aware of what the library can do for themand have delivered on that promise. The award will be given by Library Journal and underwritten by LibraryAware, a product of the NoveList division of EBSCO Publishing.

This award will illuminate the value that communities throughout the United States and Canada derive from their libraries and highlight the outcomes of work by librariesthrough the development of effective programs, services, partnerships, and communicationsthat result in better communities and an increased understanding of how libraries contribute to a communitys well-being. The award will demonstrate why libraries deserve the resources necessary to deliver services that result in healthier, more prosperous, and more engaged cities and towns, says LJ editor-in-chief Francine Fialkoff.

NoveList Vice President Duncan Smith says the community is as vital to the success of any library as libraries are to successful communities. We want to live in communities where people see themselves as part of the future, as part of the solution. We want communities where the spirit of inquiry is alive, where not only the librarians and library staff but the citizens themselves embrace self-directed learning. It is in the public library where a community extends its capacity to imagine.

The LibraryAware Community Award will be given annually to a community of any size and its library during National Library Week. It will be presented to the city or town officials and the library director. The city or town will receive a plaque identifying it as a LibraryAware community. The winning library will receive $ 10,000, with second place receiving $ 7500, and third place receiving $ 5000. The first winners will be announced in June 2013 and the winning library will be featured in an article in Library Journal that same month.


The LibraryAware Community Award will go to a library whose community is aware of, and recognizes, the librarys role:

Methodist Retirement Communities (MRC) Announces the Purchase of Land to Open MRC Clear Springs Retirement Community in Galveston County, Texas

Clear Lake, TX (PRWEB) June 14, 2012

Methodist Retirement Communities (MRC) President & CEO, Ron Jennette, has announced that Happy Harbor Methodist Home, Inc., a non-profit corporation whose sole member is Methodist Retirement Communities (MRC), has entered into a Purchase Sale Agreement with Florida-based Regency Realty Group, Inc. The purchase includes an 18.81 acre site at the corner of FM 518 and 270 in the League City/Clear Lake area of Galveston County, TX, on the south side of Houston.

Happy Harbor Methodist Home, Inc. will be doing business on this site as MRC Clear Springs with a plan to develop a life care Healthy Living Community for persons aged 62 and better.

Upon completing the due diligence process, MRC is anticipating closing on the land in September or October of this year to be followed by informational sessions, then open the marketing offerings while the project is being designed. Construction is anticipated to start the end of 2013 or early 2014. Conceptual architectural renderings of the project have already begun, with a preliminary expectation of 108 Independent/Residential apartment homes, 36 Assisted Living apartments, 24 Memory Support suites for those with various dementias, 20 short-term Rehab units and 28 Skilled Nursing units for long-term care.

The MRC system, whose central support offices in The Woodlands, TX, is currently celebrating its 50th year of service ministry to senior adults in Texas. MRC prides itself in fulfilling its mission commitment to quality living for senior adults in a Christian environment where each person has the opportunity to live every day to the fullest they can and choose. This is done through services, programs, activities, care and housing with amenities; all supported with a capable, competent, caring and compassionate staff. MRC has other similar communities in Texarkana, Lufkin, Bryan and a smaller version under current construction in Huntsville. MRC also has 3 Home Health Agencies and has sponsored and manages 5 HUD apartment communities for seniors with income limitations, 3 in Bryan and 2 in La Porte. Additionally, MRC owns and leases to a 3rd party a retirement community on Galveston Island. For more information, please visit our website at, which also provides a link to our Facebook site.

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Affordable Senior Housing at the Wartburg Adult Care Community Featured in New York Times

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 30, 2012

One of OCV Architects latest projects the Freidrichs, an affordable senior housing building was featured in the New York Times. This new construction project is located on the historic 26-acre campus of the Wartburg Adult Care Community in Mount Vernon, NY, and features 60 studio and one-bedroom units for independent senior living.

The Wartburg is a not-for-profit institution that today provides a full range of senior care and services, including skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, Alzheimers and dementia care, assisted and independent living, adult day care services, and home care. The Friedrichs will be an important new addition to the campus and to New York State, offering the type of housing seniors need more of housing that allows for independent living with the amenities and services geared toward their needs, all at a price they can afford.

In the article, spokeswoman for the Wartburg, Nancy Davis, says, The elderly are often better served if they can remain at home, taking advantage of the center and receiving help from social workers on a range of services.

OCV Architects designed the 55,000 square foot wood frame structure to compliment the historic buildings that make up this 146-year old institution. In addition to 60 spacious units of housing, the Friedrichs will provide residents with community spaces such as a fitness room, a library and computer room, meeting and multi-purpose spaces, and offices for support services. Together with the bucolic setting of the Wartburg campus, the Friedrichs was planned in keeping with the institutions mission of nurturing body, mind and spirit.

OCV is providing the Wartburg with the full range of architectural services from design through construction. Collaborating on the project are structural engineers Dominick R. Pilla Associates, P.C., civil engineers McLaren Engineering Group, MEP engineers Abraham Joselow, P.E., P.C., Steven Wind Landscape Architect, and general contractors Lecesse Construction.

The project is being funded through a New York State grant under the Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law and has an expected completion date of late 2012.

About OCV Architects

Oaklander, Coogan & Vitto Architects, P.C. is a versatile, award-winning architectural firm serving the New York Metropolitan area for over 30 years. OCVs body of work ranges from affordable and special needs housing to high-end private residences, from gut rehabs and historic preservation to innovative new construction. Having produced over 1,000 units of residential housing, the firm regularly partners with urban housing authorities and development groups to create sustainable, attractive residences within restrictive budgets. As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, OCV strives to bring to each design respect for a projects site, setting, history and culture, while making every effort to build responsibly and sustainably. For more on OCV please visit

For further information on this release, the Friedrichs, or similar projects, please contact:

Mireille Moga

Oaklander, Coogan & Vitto Architects, PC

203 Lafayette Street, 5th Floor

New York, NY 10012

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