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Top Story:  OCC Reaches Out to Groups Revitalizing Baltimore Neighborhoods

06/11/2014

On a chilly day in March, Comptroller Curry (first row, middle) joined a group of OCC employees on a bus tour of neighborhoods in east Baltimore, Md., that are currently undergoing revitalization. The group met with members of the Oliver neighborhood and representatives from Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE), Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD), and local affiliates of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). IAF is the nation's largest and longest-standing network of local faith and community-based organizations. These groups are working with The Reinvestment Fund and others to establish bank partnerships and bring innovative financing to effect significant development in Baltimore, northern Virginia, and a growing number of cities in the United States. OCC staff pictured here are William Rowe, Deputy to the Chief of Staff; Barry Wides, Deputy Comptroller for Community Affairs; Beth Castro, Director of Community Development; Carol Buchman, Writer-Editor; and Frances Baffour, Northeastern District Community Affairs Officer.
On a chilly day in March, Comptroller Curry (first row, middle) joined a group of OCC employees on a bus tour of neighborhoods in east Baltimore, Md., that are currently undergoing revitalization. The group met with members of the Oliver neighborhood and representatives from Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE), Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD), and local affiliates of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). IAF is the nation's largest and longest-standing network of local faith and community-based organizations. These groups are working with The Reinvestment Fund and others to establish bank partnerships and bring innovative financing to effect significant development in Baltimore, northern Virginia, and a growing number of cities in the United States. OCC staff pictured here are William Rowe, Deputy to the Chief of Staff; Barry Wides, Deputy Comptroller for Community Affairs; Beth Castro, Director of Community Development; Carol Buchman, Writer-Editor; and Frances Baffour, Northeastern District Community Affairs Officer.

 
After touring the neighborhood, the OCC group, including Castro, Wides, Comptroller Curry, and Baffour (pictured above) listened while Sean Closkey (below), President of TRF Development Partners, described the process his and other groups use to revitalize the area surrounding the Oliver neighborhood in Baltimore, Md.
After touring the neighborhood, the OCC group, including Castro, Wides, Comptroller Curry, and Baffour (pictured above), listened while Sean Closkey (below), President of TRF Development Partners, described the process his and other groups use to revitalize the area surrounding the Oliver neighborhood in Baltimore, Md.

 
Sean Closky
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