Education is the backbone of economic development. Education creates the skills that are necessary to prepare individuals for employment opportunities and the ability to sustain themselves and their families. As individuals, we remain competitive and vibrant as we learn new skills and gather new knowledge. Education must begin at an early age and continue throughout a lifetime of learning.
The Foundation supports efforts to improve the health of the community by focusing on the ways it can support healthy behaviors where we live, work and play by making changes to the physical and social environment. The Foundation supports strategies and research that will make our community a healthier place.
The arts and cultural scene in our community is recognized as one of its most valuable assets - enriching not only the quality of life in our region, but also serving as a catalyst for economic development and future investment - and as an essential component of quality education.
Vibrant neighborhoods are central to creating homes and relationships that are sources of pride around a common purpose. Community pride and a sense of accomplishment create a shared experience that moves a community forward. Our intent is to provide the foundation of skills and programs needed to transform our neighborhoods into better places to live, learn, work, play, and raise families.
Economic development serves as the catalyst for addressing the root cause of social problems within communities. Successful economic development programs and policies create an infrastructure of facilities, a trained workforce, and collaboration between the business, government, foundations, and non-profits. When these elements come together, jobs are created, the family unit is strengthened, and neighborhoods are revitalized.