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About CDC of Tampa

Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc. (CDC of Tampa) creates opportunities for people to build prosperous futures and vibrant communities.

 

We create opportunities by deploying comprehensive community development strategies that connect workforce development, housing, and real estate with education, resident leadership, and community safety to drive economic prosperity.

 

Founded in 1992, CDC of Tampa has built a proven track record of reducing disparities for people and communities throughout Tampa, Hillsborough County, and beyond. ​

 

In the years ahead, we're committed to scaling our efforts as we continue working to realize our vision for a thriving Tampa Bay region in which every community is equitable, diverse, and engaged.

Our Guiding Principes

Our Guiding Principles

Vision

A thriving Tampa Bay region in which every community is equitable, diverse, and engaged. ​

Mission

To create opportunities for people to build prosperous futures and vibrant communities. CDC of Tampa creates these opportunities by deploying comprehensive community development strategies--that connect workforce development, housing, and real estate with education, resident engagement, and community safety--to drive economic prosperity.

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Our Core Values

LOYALTY

Faithful to our commitments and obligations; we demonstrate this by being reliable, respectful, and trustworthy.

EXCELLENCE

Driven to provide quality, as well as superior results; we demonstrate this by being persistent, determined, and not easily satisfied.

ADAPTABILITY

Able to easily adjust to different conditions; we demonstrate this by being open to change to achieve results.

DIVERSITY

Inclusive of distinctive backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives; we demonstrate this by embracing our differences.

SERVICE

Accountable to each other and those we serve.

Timeline

Our History

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1992

CDC of Tampa, Inc., was incorporated for the purpose of alleviating poverty and physical deterioration in Hillsborough County’s East Tampa Community

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1999

Opening of the East Tampa Business Center for six micro businesses 2365 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Tampa, FL

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2000

Grand opening of the Audrey Spotford Youth and Family Center

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2005

Began receiving funding from City of Tampa for our  "Youth Leadership Movement" program 

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2009

Fifth Third Bank & Yummy House Restaurant, were co-developed by CDC of Tampa in partnership with the Richmond Group, on a 2-acre parcel of land in East Tampa

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2014

First "Suit Up & Show Up" community event

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2018

Awarded funding from Children's Board for the "3-D Sting Rays" program

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2021

Helped to gap-finance a Sprouts Farmers Market 

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2022

Armature Place Apartments: Acquired through funding from Hillsborough County. 96 units of affordable rental housing. 

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2022

(HOPE) Hiring & Opportunities for Procurement in East Tampa, Women Entrepreneurs (WE) Mean Business & Wisdom Wednesdays program initiatives were established 

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2023

Spectrum Training and Technology Center opened at TVI

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1992

Kick off "SteppingStones Program"

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1999

Began Nehemiah Project Movement & developed Nehemiah Coin Laundry

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2000

Construction of the Osborne Landing Apartments

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2007

Construction of the Columbus Arms Apartments

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2011

Fort King Colony Apartment Complex: One of CDC's largest multi-family developments which consists of 120 apartment homes located in Zephyrhills, FL.

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2016

Partnership began with City of Tampa to facilitate "Summer Youth Employment Training"

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2019

Construction of the Gardens at Diana Point apartments

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2021

Began facilitating the Youth Leaders of Tomorrow program which is hosted by CareerSource

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2022

Industry Sector Roundtables began

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2023

Kicked off Impact Mondays & Hiring Hour community programs 

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1995

Workforce Development Classes Began

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1999

Awarded funding from the Department of Labor for "Youth Opportunity" program initiatives  

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2001

Launched two youth social purpose businesses: ice cream shop & youth opportunity print center   

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2008

The Chloe Coney Urban Enterprise Center opened as the program headquarters for CDC of Tampa

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2012

Ernest Coney, Jr. hired as President and CEO

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2017

First girls conference was held & later transitioned to be called "Sisterhood Summit" 

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2020

F-I-R-E Academy began

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2021

Moved into Tampa Vocational Institute Building

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2022

Tampa Vocational Institute approved for the state’s Apprenticeship Program 

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2023

10,000 sq. ft building (that housed two businesses and included two out parcels) was purchased to be developed as a business incubator and restaurant space

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