Lift Orlando And The Communities Of West Lakes

LIFT Orlando is the community quarterback for the Communities of West Lakes, an area adjacent to Camping World Stadium and a stone’s throw from Downtown Orlando. Learn how LIFT Orlando and its partners are working together to implement the Purpose Built Communities model of neighborhood revitalization, and hear about their exciting progress in the areas of housing, education and community wellness. Watch


A Tale of Two Cities

Bootstraps or downward escalators. No matter which analogy you prefer, the data are clear: the neighborhood where you grow up determines how high you can reach in life. This first episode shows how history and policies segregated poverty in neighborhoods in Orlando, Florida and Raleigh, North Carolina. Listen


From My Perspective: We Can’t Bypass Discussions About Race

By Michelle L. Matthews Senior Vice President, Purpose Built Communities “White boys who grow up rich are likely to remain that way,” summarized a recent New York Times article about an Equality of Opportunity Project study. “Black boys raised at the top, however, are more likely to become poor than to stay wealthy in their … Continue Reading →


LIFT Orlando – Transforming the Communities of West Lakes

LIFT Orlando joined the Purpose Built Communities Network in 2015. Their focus area is called the Communities of West Lakes, which sits adjacent to the Orlando Citrus Bowl in west Orlando. Since their initial formation by a group of committed business leaders in 2012, they have made great strides implementing the Purpose Built Communities Model. Watch


Citrus Bowl Shines Light on LIFT Orlando

If you watched the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on New Years Day on ABC, you might have seen this 60-second PSA about our network member LIFT Orlando. We are very proud of the exciting progress LIFT Orlando has been making in the Communities of West Lakes and their partners and supporters are a great example of effective collaboration. Special thanks to Florida Citrus Sports for their support and hard work with ABC to get this on the air. Enjoy. Watch


Don’t Leave the Community out of Community Revitalization

An African adage says “What you do FOR me but WITHOUT me, you do TO me.” Hear from Purpose Built Network Members how they have authentically engaged the community throughout the planning and implementation phases. Panelists share their overarching philosophy of community engagement, but also specific advice based on what has worked well and not so well. Moderator: John Majors, Vice President, Purpose Built Communities. Panelists: Trudy Bartley, Executive Director, PACT, Curt McPhail, Program Director, Northside Development Group, Eddy Moratin, Executive Director, LIFT Orlando Watch