Robert O. Zdenek

Robert O. Zdenek
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Robert Zdenek is a community development consultant and principal investigator at the Public Health Institute.
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Small Investments Can Yield Big Returns. Review of A Few Thousand Dollars

Over a dozen stories of how Americans from all different backgrounds have managed to leverage a few thousand dollars to lead lives that have helped thousands of other people, and strategies to reinvigorate a movement to influence asset building policy nationally.

Safe Banking for Seniors

To support older adults to safely age in community, we need to consider what they need out of banking—and what they need to be protected from.

Coming Together

The nonprofit housing development field has myriad intermediaries and support organizations, but no one unified voice. Should it have one?

My Berlin Wall Moment

It took me a couple of days after the extraordinary evening of President-elect Obama’s victory on November 4 for the impact to really sink...

With ACORN, Transparency Is Just as Important as Good Values

The last few months has seen a number of articles, editorials, and interviews about the lack of financial responsiveness and accountability in the private...

Another Disaster

One of the stories that has been submerged in the Midwest flooding is the complete lack of an effective FEMA response, bad judgment, and...

A Good-News Economic Story for the Disabilities Community

Lost in the endless political campaign and Iraq news is an emerging success story. The Real Economic Impact Tour conceived and sponsored by...

Speak Out for the Neighborhood Stabilization Act

The foreclosure crisis is a tragedy for an increasing number of families, but what is frequently missing in the media coverage is the negative...

Balancing Act

Old definitions may be obsolete as CDCs weigh whether to grow and how to build their impact in today's social and economic environment.

A Merger of Equals

The merger of Over-the-Rhine Housing Network and ReSTOC created a transformative opportunity for these two Cincinnati institutions and their neighborhood.

Second Chances

Workforce Intermediaries for the Twenty-first Century, edited by Robert P. Giloth. Temple University Press in association with The American Assembly, Columbia University, Philadelphia, PA,...

The Community Economic Development Handbook

The Community Economic Development Handbook: Strategies and Tools to Revitalize Your Neighborhood, by Mihailo Temali. Amherst H. Wilder Foundation (www.wilder.org). 2002. 288 pp. $35...

Building Wealth

Community development corporations have attracted billions of dollars of public and private funds to revitalize urban neighborhoods and rural communities. But global and national...

The New Urban Leaders (by Joyce Ladner)

The New Urban Leaders, by Joyce Ladner. Brookings Institution Press, Washington D.C., 2001. 135 pp. $22.95.Kent Amos was an IBM executive who, with his...

Weaving Storytelling and Theory

Renewing Hope Within Neighborhoods of Despair, by Herbert J. Rubin. State University of New York Press, Albany, NY. 2000. 280 pp.Herbert Rubin, a sociology...

Developing Future Leaders

Leaders Who Make A Difference: Essential Strategies for Meeting the Nonprofit Challenge, by Burt Nanus and Stephen M. Dobbs. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA 1999....

Fighting Discrimination and Poverty

It Takes A Nation: A New Agenda for Fighting Poverty,  Rebecca M. Blank. Princeton University Press, 1997. 340pp. Paper: $18.95The dramatic changes in federal...

The 8 Habits of Highly Effective CDCs

1 CDC leaders must be aware of their own limitations and recognize they're responsible for developing staff and building institutions. Any entrepreneurial venture –...

Connecting People to Jobs:

Capitalizing on Regional Economic Development OpportunitiesIn the fall of 1996, New Community Corporation (NCC) in Newark and the nearby Hillside Auto Mall launched an...

Creating Stakeholders with Individual Development Accounts 

  Millions of Americans have built assets and improved their economic standing through higher education, business creation, and homeownership. Yet in order to engage in...

Toward Comprehensive Approaches for Strengthening Communities

Last January, The New York Times Magazine published "The Myth of Community Development" by Nicholas Lemann. The article painted a gloomy picture of urban...