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Shaker Heights Development Corporation VISTA
SHDC’s sub-site VISTA project is focused on a co-work and resource facility, The Dealership, located in the only LMI census tract (1836.03-1) in Shaker Heights. The Dealership has served as a hub of entrepreneurial energy for the past 6 years and it is SHDC’s goal to grow the hub so that its spokes reach into the Chagrin-Lee corridor and potentially other commercial districts in the city over the long-term. The SHDC’s vision for the Chagrin-Lee commercial corridor is a district that is home to tech, health care, design, light industrial, makers, artistic entrepreneurs and professional service firms. The physical spaces that will house these firms will be flexible, sustainable and cost effective. There will be place-based physical improvements such as bike lanes, public art and other amenities that brand the commercial district. The VISTA team member will be involved with engaging and convening the Chagrin-Lee corridor’s business community. The VISTA would also engage in community outreach with the surrounding neighborhoods. The outreach would identify the types of resources and trainings programs that could take place at The Dealership that would help individuals enhance skill sets for increased employment opportunities. The outreach work would also further establish The Dealership as a community asset that can be leveraged by community members and local businesses to build assets.
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Member Duties : The VISTA member will be responsible for: • Connecting with community members to obtain feedback on what resources should be available at The Dealership • Position The Dealership as a top of mind resource for Shaker residents and business owners • Identify partner organizations for collaborative programming and training opportunities at The Dealership • Identify additional resources that should be available at The Dealership to help increase employment opportunities • Assist in adding to the calendar of events and a catalog of resources • Research entrepreneur readiness and financial wellness resources • Building a community of entrepreneurs and small business owners at The Dealership that comprises a range of industries with diverse backgrounds from Shaker Heights and the region. • Meeting with business owners to gauge interest in forming an active merchants’ association.
Program Benefits : Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Stipend ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Community Organization ,  Leadership ,  Public Speaking ,  Writing/Editing ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Communications . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

Shaker Heights Development Corporation VISTA

Program Start/End Date
06/22/2018  -   06/21/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  21    Maximum:  None

Program Locations OHIO   Cleveland/ Akron  

Accepting Applications
From  02/05/2018  To  04/18/2018 

Contact Nick Fedor
3400 Lee Rd
Shaker Heights   OH   44120
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 71882