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Clark University Honors Local Neighborhood Leader

Thursday, October 17, 2013

 

Members of the Main South Community Development Corporation (MSCDC) were on hand Oct. 9 at Harrington House to help Clark University celebrate Executive Director Steve Teasdale’s 25-year commitment to the organization. Pictured, from left, are Barbara Haller (Board Member), Mark Waters (President of the Board), Yary Jaen (Director of Programs), and Jen Tejeda (Clark University work-study student at MSCDC). (Photo: Jonathan Edelman, Clark University Class of 2016)

Last week, Worcester's Clark University honored a dedicated neighborhood leader, J. Stephen Teasdale for his 25 years of leadership with the Main South Community Development Corporation. The University has maintained a partnership with the South Main neighborhood, and largely due to Teasdale's efforts, that community is currently thriving.

Incorporated in 1986, the South Main CDC is a non-profit who's stated goal is "“to improve the quality of life for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors by working together on projects and issues that will maintain and/or create safe affordable housing for low-to-moderate income individuals, support economic opportunities for businesses and residents of Main South, enhance the physical image of the area, and instill a sense of neighborhood pride and commitment.”

Jack Foley, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs held a ceremonial dinner on October 9th to honor Teasdale at University President David Angel's home, the Harrington House, where he was presented with a certificate and a gift. According to Foley “At Clark, we talk about our success with our partnership in the community. We would not have come close to the success we have achieved without the inspiring leadership and drive of Steve Teasdale; Steve and the CDC have been there at every step.”

Foley also highlighted some of the Main South CDC's accomplishments under Teasdale's leadership, which includes the construction or rehabilitation of 350 housing units, home ownership opportunities for 70 first-time home buyers, providing land for the for the local Boys & Girls Club, $50 million $30 million in grants) in total CDC Development costs, all without deriving a single dollar from the city's tax levy, totaling $400,000 in real estate taxes annually. His work encompasses all aspects of community development; Foley lauded Teasdale for his accomplishments in public safety and education in working with the Woodland Academy advisory council and the University Park Campus School. Teasdale has also worked hard to create jobs for the community's Youth Build training program and employing several neighborhood residents to work for the CDC itself, focusing on storefront development. 

South Main CDC has also worked closely with Clark University. According to Foley, “There are dozens of Clark students who have worked with Steve and others at the CDC and gained great experiences there, and many of those students have gone on to wonderful careers in community development, he exemplifies the belief that an individual who is dedicated to a cause can make a real difference in this community and in the city of Worcester.” 

 

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