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Donna Gambrell

The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (Interview With Donna Gambrell Begins At 1:22:31 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). For nearly four decades Donna Gambrell has been on the front lines of community development. Helping communities large and small, rural and urban find ways to develop their community’s assets and abilities. Working for the FDIC she helped communities ravaged by Hurricane Katrina bounce back through her working with community’s rebuilding efforts. As head of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), Gambrell helped that agency and fund expand its assistance to increase economic opportunity and promote community development for underserved populations and in distressed communities throughout the country. Gambrell was in Indianapolis to address the annual Community Breakfast sponsored by the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership INHP. In an exclusive Afternoons with Amos interview, Gambrell talked about community development. A timely topic in the wake of the closing of several Chase bank branches in inner city neighborhoods and the crisis that developed a week ago with the closing the Double 8 Groceries.  Gambrell told listeners that the keys to successful community develop economic development is through Community Engagement – making sure the community is involved and engaged in the development efforts.  Gambrell said Collaboration is also important. That non-profits, governments, churches, private businesses and others must work together to form coalitions and partnerships to achieve community development goals.  Finally, said Gambrell, neighborhoods and communities  must look to alternative solutions for community redevelopment opportunities. Donna Gambrell’s interview gives Indianapolis neighborhoods concerned about redevelopment a blueprint and ideas on moving forward.

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Rev. Dr. Melvin Girton

Double 8 Store Food Crisis - Community Responds

Pastor John Girton (foreground)

(Interview With Pastors Melvin And John Girton Starts At 4:32 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). For 51 years, a half Century, The Rev. Dr. Melvin Girton has been at the helm as Pastor and Shepherd of the Christ Missionary Baptist Church in the Riverside/UNWA area.  Dr. Girton has seen lots of history, not just in Indianapolis, but also as a leader in the National Baptist Convention USA, where he serves as Historian.  Dr. Girton is retiring from active pastorate of the church. Succeeded by his nephew Pastor John Girton.  Both men joined me on Afternoons with Amos as the elder Girton talked about his career, his church and his Faith.  While the younger Girton talked about his Uncle and his journey to be Pastor of one of Indianapolis’ new African-American churches. (Amos Sharing IPS’ Rughts And Responsibilities For Parents, Staff Students Starts At 42:00 Mark On PODCAST Media Player.) The start of school in the Indianapolis Public Schools is just around the corner. And a new Code of Conduct in IPS not only spells out discipline stages but is an effort by IPS to reduce the numbers of out of school suspensions and expulsions.  In addition the 42 page document spells out the rights and responsibilities not just students and staff, but for parents, families and grandparents.  Amos outlined those rights and responsibilities.  The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST for Thursday, July 29, 2015 Runs 102 Minutes ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Ad.