The Better Blackstone Association is an emerging association of diverse people and organizations who are committed to seeing new investment and revitalization of the Blackstone corridor. We want Blackstone to be a successful place for expanding and starting businesses, safe and clean neighborhoods, mixed-use developments, rapid transit systems, and convenient services, recreation, and entertainment that meet every day needs. Better Blackstone members are leaders from businesses, institutions, and neighborhoods that are gathering throughout 2015 to build a shared vision and strong partnerships in order to actively build a Better Blackstone together.
Fresno Metro Ministry, the backbone organization for the Better Blackstone Association, is one of 26 grant recipients (only two in CA) out of 528 applicants, funded by The Kresge Foundation FreshLo initiative to support our "Building the Better Blackstone CDC through Food Oriented Placemaking" project.
The Healthy People, Healthy Places Network builds on our long-term work in the region to improve air quality, land use patterns and public health in the 8-county San Joaquin Valley. We are focused on finding the assets in each community who are committed to public health, and bringing them together for shared learning opportunities and coordinated advocacy with a focus on data-driven advocacy for policies that will lead to healthy people and healthy places.