Ajamu Webster and Broderick Crawford will both be honored for their leadership in reviving their respective communities at the 2nd Thrive Awards to be held Thurs., Oct. 11 in Kansas City, MO.

The Thrive Awards, sponsored by Local Initiatives Support Corporation Kansas City, celebrate the great work community leaders and organizations are making to revitalize Kansas City’s neighborhoods. Awards will be given in seven categories. Webster is being honored for his community leadership in Kansas City, MO, and Crawford is being honored for his community leadership in KCK.

Crawford has devoted the majority of his life as a champion for the Northeast KCK community. In addition to serving as Executive Director of the New Bethel Church Community Development Corporation, he also works tirelessly as Project Lead for Jersey Creek Trail Renovation and Expansion Project. Jersey Creek runs from 5th Street along Parallel to 18th Street and includes a number of community parks that Crawford hopes to see come alive again as a healthy option for community members to get out in and get going.

Ajamu’s commitment to residents of Kansas City’s distressed communities is exemplified by his active participation in many professional organizations and board appointments. His recognition for the Thrive Award is largely based on his role in the development of the WeDevelopment Federal Credit Union. (See story this page)

Among the other Thrive honorees are:

Building Block Award – Habitat for Humanities Rock the Block Project improves conditions in existing neighborhoods by completing exterior repair projects for low-moderate income homeowners on a selected block.

Organization With Great Impact – Rosedale Development Association A grassroots, community-centered organization addressing issues such as neighborhood blight, business development, crime, zoning and flood control, in the Rosedale community.

And Innovation Award – Avenue of Life’s Impact Wednesday combines extensive collaboration, wrap around services and comprehensive case managing in one centralized location to address homelessness in Wyandotte County.

The Thrive Awards are held in partnership with the City of Kansas City, MO, Unified Government of Wyandotte County, and the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City.

The awards program will be held at the Scottish Rite Temple, KCMO, with a reception at 4 p.m. and awards presentation at 5 p.m.

For tickets, go here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thrive-celebrating-kcs-achievements-in-community-development-tickets-45448805601. 

LISC is a non-profit community development financial institution that supports community development corporation in 30 urban areas and dozens of rural areas, through grants, loans and investments.

For more information, visit www.lisc.org/kansas-city/regional-events/thrive-2018.

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