The Maryland ABCD Network offers a variety of programs designed to provide community organizations, local governments, and other organizations the skills to increase their capacity to carry out asset building and community development activities.
We welcome feedback from members on their unmet training needs so we can develop additional programs and resources to help meet those needs.
In May of 2010, we sponsored a full day of training at the Green Summit in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners. A Spring Summit is under development for spring 2010. We welcome topic ideas at any time.
At our Annual Meeting each October, we present three Issue Breakfasts. These workshops with continental breakfasts explore current topics of concern in the areas of affordable housing, community development, and asset building.
Every October, our members gather for an Annual Meeting, which includes national speakers that can illuminate our members and help us gain a larger perspective on community development.
In January, we gather in Annapolis to present a series of speakers on issues impacting low income people and communities that may be addressed in the Maryland General Assembly. It gives our members the opportunity to informally meet with elected officials.
Skill Building Workshops
This year’s summer skill building workshop was “Getting a Fair Deal: Nonprofits in LIHTC Deals”, and a fall 2011 workshop on Section 811 funding was presented with partners. Previous workshops have focused on Sustainable Communities. Workshop information can be found on our calendar.
Monthly Baltimore Speakers
The City Committee has guest speakers and offers peer support and training on a regular basis.
In 2009, the Maryland ABCD Network partnered with BB&T, the National Development Council (NDC), the Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative, and Enterprise Community Partners to bring comprehensive community development training to Maryland
Each March we host a "Legislative Update" Webinar to let members learn about Maryland legislative progress at mid-session and to discuss federal legislation with our partner, NACEDA.
We anticipate increased use of Webinars to present information to members at a low cost. Upcoming Webinars will be announced in our newsletters.
The Maryland ABCD Network is a Technical Assistance Provider under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, providing training by our consultant partners, through NACEDA and ICF. Our teams are dispatched when a nonprofit requests technical assistance from HUD.
The Industry Report, to be published in October 2011, will present the results of a comprehensive survey of community development organizations in Maryland. Showing the depth and breadth of the community development industry, this Report will increase the understanding of the complexity and the impact of this important segment of our state economy.
In the spring f 2009, we conducted two surveys about the impact of the recession on nonprofit asset building and community development agencies. One survey covered agencies within Baltimore City, and the second survey covered the balance of the State. The summary of the results can be found here: