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Deanna West-Torrence, founder and executive director of the North End Community Improvement Collaborative, will lead the organization's annual meeting on Jan. 27. (Richland Source file photo)

MANSFIELD -- The Board of Directors of the North End Community Improvement Collaborative, Inc. (NECIC) will host its annual meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 4:30 p.m.

The meeting will be virtual via the Zoom platform.

NECIC founder and Executive Director Deanna West-Torrence and staff will highlight the work of another year.

“This meeting is also our opportunity to say a public 'thank you' to the many people who have supported NECIC throughout the year,” West-Torrence said.

With its mission to improve the quality of life for North End residents, NECIC uses its assets-based philosophy to engage residents and community partners in collaborative action to improve economic and social conditions in the North End Community. 

The collective aspirations of the neighborhood in the North End are articulated in the North End Community Economic Development Plan available at: https://www.necic-ohio.org/who-we-are/the-plan.

Developed with residents and stakeholders over a two-year period, the plan is NECIC’s guide for all programming and initiatives.

With a 20-year vision of ensuring that the North End is “the leading engine of economic vitality, positive youth development, arts, and civic engagement,” the organization will present its work over the past year and lay out its plans for 2021.

New initiatives launched in 2020, including The Urban Farm; the relocation of the Farmers Market and Mansfield Microfarm Project; the African American Leadership Initiative (AALI); The Richland County State of the African American Community Report; the Microbusiness Development and Workforce Development Program will be highlighted.

Questions regarding the meeting may be directed to NECIC’s Community Development Manager, Tony Chinni at tony@necic-ohio.org, or 419-522-1611, ext 103.

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