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Rochester Officials Announce Neighborhood-Focused Partnership

Mar 15, 2016

Rochester city officials have announced a partnership among three local efforts to help reduce poverty and create jobs.

Mayor Lovely Warren says that the focus will be on three neighborhoods, Marketview Heights, Beechwood, and EMMA, which is the East Main, Mustard Street and Atlantic Avenue neighborhood.

The city’s innovation team, the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative and a not for profit organization called Connected Communities will all work together on this project.

The effort will build on the Urban Village concept that was first outlined in the IBM Smarter Cities report, and the anti-poverty groups’ principle of “community building.”

Community and government leaders will bring services and resources into neighborhoods to help lift them out of poverty.

Officials will begin the outreach effort this Saturday, March 19, with a door-to-door survey to better understand the barriers to employment.