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  • Community Facilities Challenge Becomes an Integrated Part of California State University, FresnoBy: Community Vision | March 29, 2021 Community Vision is pleased to announce that beginning this year California State University, Fresno will lead the Community Facilities Challenge (CFC). Community Vision’s initial idea for a CFC was brought to Fresno State because of their rich history in service-learning. The first CFC launched in 2012. Since that time, Community Vision has been partnered with… Read More
  • The Food Future is Here Podcast SeriesBy: Community Vision | February 12, 2021 Community Vision’s six-part podcast series “The Food Future is Here” is a powerful take on how the California FreshWorks community is changing the food system. The series, hosted by Leticia Corona, a small business advisor, and Ome Quetzal Lopez, a social commentator, centralizes the voices of BIPOC-owned small businesses and community-centered food system advocates. Together… Read More
  • Supporting Small Business Ecosystems in FresnoBy: Courtney Gonzales, Content Developer | January 28, 2021 In 2018, we began working with Miram Martinez, Founder and Owner of La Jacka Mobile. One of her long-term goals was to acquire a facility to expand her market reach and provide long-term stability for her business. It often takes several years for a small business to build up its capacity to purchase or lease a… Read More
  • Food for the People: Swift & Creative Responses Amidst COVID-19By: Courtney Gonzales, Content Developer | July 27, 2020 California’s food industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that consists of many different types of businesses and organizations that grow, process, and distribute food across the state, country, and around the world. Ownership across the food system has seen decades of corporate consolidation, resulting in negative social and economic impacts. From seeds to land ownership… Read More
  • BLVD MRKT: Investing in Healthy Food & Economic Development in MontebelloBy: Courtney Gonzales, Content Developer | May 26, 2020 For more than a year and a half, Gentefy engaged the community, including connecting with local elected officials, business owners, and by hosting roundtable discussions. After connecting with more than 250 people of various ages and ethnic backgrounds, it became clear that the community wanted places to go that create an experience; something more than… Read More
  • california freshworks Key Findings from California FreshWorks’ First Program EvaluationBy: Courtney Gonzales, Content Developer | March 6, 2020 Community Vision administers the California FreshWorks program, a statewide network of CDFI lenders that provide financing to food enterprises that invest in an equitable food system and increase access to affordable, healthy, culturally-appropriate food in underserved communities. We approach food access not only as a health issue, but also a community development and equity issue. Read More
  • Vision View: Where One’s Vision is Without LimitsBy: Courtney Gonzales, Content Developer | January 24, 2020 When Community Vision began working in the Central Valley in 2008, a top priority was to authentically show up for Valley communities and build reciprocal relationships based in trust and mutual respect. Part of this work included workshops and technical assistance provided by our Consulting team; some of which we offered pro-bono in response to… Read More
  • Update on the Fresno DRIVE InitiativeBy: Courtney Gonzales, Content Developer | January 24, 2020 The 9th annual California Economic Summit took place in November, and was hosted in Fresno for the first time. Ahead of the Summit, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a challenge: What would it take to fundamentally transform the Greater Fresno Region by 2030 and create opportunities for all residents to achieve real economic mobility by fostering… Read More
  • Dig Deep Farms’ Food Hub: Investing in Local Health & WealthBy: Courtney Gonzales, Content Developer | October 23, 2019 Over the last two decades local governments have become increasingly involved in cultivating community-based food systems as a path towards community and economic development Read More
  • Partnering for a Thriving Central ValleyBy: Community Vision | October 22, 2019 Our recent Embodying Equity blog series features a piece on our work in the Central Valley where we share about our approach to beginning and expanding our work in the region. For more than a decade we’ve built partnerships and deployed capital for a range of community development projects throughout the Central Valley including affordable… Read More