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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, March 30, 2017

12 Noon
Kids Unlimited
821 N. Riverside, Medford, Oregon

                                 1.   Purpose Built Communities

12 Noon
Kids Unlimited
821 N. Riverside, Medford, Oregon

The Medford City Council Study Session was called to order at 12:00 p.m. at Kids Unlimited, 821 N. Riverside, on the above date with the following members and staff present:
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Kay Brooks, Tim DíAlessandro, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine, Kim Wallan and Michael Zarosinski
City Manager Brian Sjothun; City Attorney Lori Cooper; Deputy City Recorder Winnie Shepard; Vice President, Purpose Built Communities Melissa Devereaux; Kids Unlimited CEO Tom Cole
Purpose Built Communities
Kids Unlimited CEO Tom Cole provided the history and functions of Kids Unlimited:
  • It began in 1998
  • Moved to current location in 2004
  • Began looking at Purpose Built Communities in 2011
  • Charter school which also offers afterschool programs, early learning, food program
  • Looking to expand to assist more children
Vice President Purpose Built Communities Melissa Devereaux spoke regarding her organization:
  • Goal is to end intergenerational poverty
  • Works in neighborhoods with 40% of the population below poverty level
    • 91% of Liberty Park area is below poverty
  • Offers free consulting services
    • Helps leaders create revitalization and change
    • High quality mixed income housing
      • Housing wherein all units are the same, but some have subsidized rent
    • Cradle to career education pipeline
    • Community wellness supports
    • Works in a defined neighborhood
    • Residents should be actively involved in the change efforts
    • A community quarterback is vitally important
      • Purpose is to serve residents
      • Ensures high quality programs
      • Best in-class partners
      • Fundraises
      • Serves as a single source of accountability
  • Spoke of their success in New Orleans and East Lake
  • Governmentís role in a Purpose Built Community
    • < >Removes barriers
    • Laws revised to allow the necessary changes
    • Donít usually serve on board because of election cycles; prefer private sector assistance
    • Can offer incentives to businesses
  • Mr. Cole spoke regarding Kids Unlimitedís efforts in the area
    • Trying to provide healthcare options/assistance
    • Early learning providers
    • HUD for housing needs in the area
    • Working with the private sector for funding
    • Would like to expand their early learning program and expand classes through the 8th grade
  • If the City would like to move forward, the next step is to review organizationís information and meet to determine
    • Whether the Liberty Park area could be a Purpose Built Community
    • Neighbors need to be serious about the program
    • Takes approximately one year to work out the details before a contract is finalized
      • Housing strategy
      • Financial backing
      • Ability to gain assets in the area like parks, stores, businesses, etc.
      • Working with residents to ensure local support
  • Tom Cole stated that at this point
    • Slowing of community partners
    • Possible opportunities with developers interested in this goal
    • Need to find financial backing
    • City could help with the structure
  • Ms. Devereaux will provide more information regarding Purpose Built Communities
The meeting adjourned at 1:18 p.m.
Winnie Shepard
Deputy City Recorder


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