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A Conversation with Cydney Franklin, President and CEO, Seventy Five North Revitalization Corp.

Life stressors are something that all of us deal with every single day. But it is well documented that people and families living in poverty face disproportionate and compounding circumstances. In this episode we hear about how in Omaha, Nebraska, the trifecta of crises—health, economic and racial justice—are affecting poor and Black and brown communities.



Cydney Franklin

President and CEO, Seventy Five North Revitalization Corp.

An Omaha, Nebraska native, Cydney Franklin has managed community and economic development programs for more than 10 years. Cydney joined Seventy Five North in 2015, initially hired as a Senior Project Manager, then promoted in early 2019 to Chief Operating Officer. In July 2020, Seventy Five North’s Board of Directors promoted Cydney to serve as the organization’s President & CEO. Prior to her time at Seventy Five North, Cydney worked for 3.5 years as an economic and community development manager with the Greater Omaha Chamber. There she aided in the development and expansion of regional business through the utilization of local and state-wide economic development incentives.


Michelle Matthews

Senior Vice President, Purpose Built Communities

Michelle Matthews joined Purpose Built Communities in 2016 as Senior Vice President after leading her own consulting company, Matthews Consulting Group (MCG), for more than a decade. She is a trusted advisor with more than 30 years of experience in organizational development, change management and consulting. She is a recognized expert when it comes to developing strategies to improve business processes, maximize human capital and increase revenues.

This is Community is created in partnership with HL Strategy. Our executive producers are Eytan Davidson and HL Strategy (Howard Lalli, Sherry Crawley, and Patty Gregory.) Our producer, director, and editor is Matt Honkonen. Mixing, mastering and music is from Pitchwire.