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Dinner and Helping Boston's Poorer Neighborhoods- Can it be Done?!

Our Speaker(s) this Month will be one of our own members - Alice Kidder and her co-workers. The topic of the talk is "Economic Development in the Inner City: Dorchester, Mattapan and adjacent neighborhoods:" Alice has a PHD in Economics from MIT , has taught at Spelman Agricultural and State College in North Carolina, and at Babson and Syracuse. For the last 20 years she and her associates have tried to help two of Boston's poorest neighborhoods to "bootstrap" themselves from poverty. In order to do this Alice and her co-workers have helped by consulting and educating local people to learn to form their own companies, learn new values and steer themselves through the morass of existing programs with little or no education. In addition they have been involved in helping to institute social change through church organizations such as the Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries and their programs to change values from those of violence.

The talk will be by a panel of practitioners. Paris Swindle, business owner of Flintstryker and Associates, and Alice Kidder, his business partner, will discuss the successes and challenges during their twenty-plus years of economic consulting. A third panelist, Charles Houston, will draw lessons from his own business, a construction company with more than fifteen years working to produce affordable housing. About the Dinner: Usually about 20 to 35 people composed of members and meetup invitees. Social Hour: 6:30 p.m. Dinner: 7 p.m. Speaker : Around 8 p.m. You can come at any time.

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