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Empowering Black Futures

Fifth Third Bank’s Neighborhood Investment

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Fifth Third and Enterprise Community Partners established the Empowering Black Futures Neighborhood Program to support revitalization in nine neighborhoods across the Bank’s footprint, including East Tampa. This program will focus on the partnership with CDC of Tampa and other cross-sector collaborations.


CDC of Tampa was chosen for this partnership based on our ability to meet specific criteria, including partnering with the neighborhood’s Black residents, existing civic infrastructure in the neighborhood and our capability to manage equitable investment and wealth-building opportunities. Funds will support the economic mobility of Black low to moderate-income residents in East Tampa and cultivate investments and resources from additional stakeholders.  

Solita’s House, Inc. is a non-profit personal financial education and counseling organization founded in 2006. Initially, the founders wanted to ensure that all people interested in becoming homeowners receive the essential education, counseling and knowledge they needed to secure and maintain homeownership. Solita’s House is also focused on immersing people in the “basics” of being economically educated so that they can achieve financial wealth in all areas of their lives.

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The HEA provides complete housing services to residents throughout Central Florida who want to purchase a home or who are seeking foreclosure prevention services. The staff of HEA has over 100 years of combined experience in the fields of real estate, mortgages, counseling, economic development, and business.

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Our focus is to encourage the redevelopment of unused, or underutilized commercial & industrial sites in East Tampa, through alternate funding sources and economic incentives.


CRA Façade Improvement Program provides property owners with a financial assistance (grant) to improve the appearance of their properties in designated areas of Tampa's Community Redevelopment Area (CRAs).


The Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County, operating as part of Hillsborough County Economic Development, serves entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the County and across all industries through confidential no-cost consulting and professional training. Whether starting, buying, growing, or selling a business, the Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County team has the expertise, experience, and resources to complement the vision and passion of Hillsborough County's businesses.


BBIF is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), private non-profit loan fund that specializes in providing loans and financial technical assistance services to Black, minority & underserved small businesses throughout Florida.


We are a local investment organization dedicated to providing business and funding opportunities for the long-term growth and success of small businesses in the Tampa Bay Community.

The Tampa Bay BBIC provides services to small business such as underwriting, analysis of business and personal financial statements, site visits, technical assistance – services that may not be cost effective for banks.


We actively challenge organizations and individuals to view their community through a diverse, equitable and inclusive lens and deliver innovation solutions that live on in perpetuity.

- DE&I Program Development and Expansion

- Supplier Diversity & Procurement Process Evaluation

- Corporate Engagement & Community Outreach

- Current DE&I Program Expansion

- Diverse Vendor Identification

- Keynote Speaker Engagements


Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County builds and repairs homes in partnership with individuals and families in need of decent affordable, housing.  Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International – a global housing ministry that seeks to put God’s love into action, bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.


TAMPA VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE’s educational aim is to train, guide, and help motivate its students to effectively make their way into a challenging and rewarding career. In addition to helping them acquire the necessary technical knowledge and skills, the Institute also places great emphasis on the student’s personal development. TAMPA VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE’s final objective is to assist all students secure employment within 6 months of graduation.

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CDC of Tampa’s Industry Sector Roundtables:

  • ​Serve as a foundational resource for key industries

  • Establish sustainable impact

  • Create and support the needs for a growing pipeline of talent for in-demand jobs in the region.


CDC of Tampa’s Affordable Housing Options:

  • Provide single-family & multi-family housing

  • From new construction to rehabilitation, CDC of Tampa is working to help your family start the journey to generational wealth through housing.

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