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Richard Stanard brings over 40 years of Corporate Sales experience with such Fortune 100 Companies as P&G, Merrill Lynch, Xerox, and Exxon. He is a highly experienced sales consultant in the areas of maternal/fetal, oncology and Ob/Gyn diagnostic laboratory testing. Richard is currently an independent Auto Broker and Auto Finance Consultant, Lead Generator and Social Media Connector with over 32,000 connections.
For the past 23 years, he has been a member of Community Baptist Church of Englewood where the Rev. Dr. Lester Taylor, Jr. is his pastor. He is a Deacon and Chaired the Benevolent Ministry. In addition, he also co-chaired the Couples Ministry with his wife.
Through the CBC Benevolent Ministry, Richard coordinated emergency relief to families in the community such as family intervention for food, housing, shelter, utility assistance, drug programs, and medical assistance only to name a few.
Deacon Stanard served as the National Director of the Medical Missions Ministry of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. with 17,000 Churches of 7.5 million predominately African American members nationally. He is Immediate Past President of the Men’s Department for the General Baptist Convention of New Jersey and the North Jersey District Missionary Baptist Association Laymen’s Movement.
A few of his outreach projects include the Community Baptist Church/National Laymen’s Movement Katrina Medical Relief Effort, four Haiti Earthquake Medical Missions in Collaboration with Arise and Walk Ministries, Black Barbershop Health Outreach Screening for diabetes and hypertension in six different cities throughout Louisiana and twenty-four screening locations in Kansas and Missouri.
With the help of the North Jersey Laymen’s Movement, Richard coordinated the delivery of Thanksgiving dinners prepared by the Church throughout Bergen, Hudson and Passaic County Homeless Shelters and provided bags of groceries and Christmas toys to local indigent families.
Presently, he is helping to heighten the awareness of hunger in America through the National Baptist Convention USA and The Missionary Ministry at Community Baptist Church of Englewood, NJ.
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Richard Stanard brings over 40 years of Corporate Sales experience with such Fortune 100 Companies as P&G, Merrill Lynch, Xerox and Exxon. He is highly experienced sales consultant in the areas of maternal/fetal, oncology and Ob/Gyn diagnostic laboratory testing.
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Opportunity Zone Resource Center
Kansas City, Missouri has been one of the most aggressive U.S. cities when it comes to attracting Opportunity Zone Projects. In Kansas City, MO Opportunity Zone projects are viewed as likely catalysts for continued Kansas City, MO neighborhood revitalization. Furthermore, 18th and Vine, 31st and Troost, Prospect, Ivanhoe, and the Westside Neighborhood have been categorized as priority areas under the Kansas City Catalytic Urban Redevelopment Initiative.
Kansas City, MO has a four-tiered approach for Opportunity Zones: community development, local business growth, workforce development, and the utilization of public and private capital. Yet a challenge remains. Kansas City, MO neighborhood stakeholders often lack access to the financing required to participate in local Kansas City, MO neighborhood Opportunity Zone projects. Be they real estate projects, business start-ups, or business expansion.
According to the Kauffman Foundation, over 80% of entrepreneurs do not have access to financing through banks, nor to venture capital. These have been classified as “Main Street Businesses” by the Kauffman Foundation. Access to financing is required by main street Kansas City, MO entrepreneurs to finance Kansas City, MO Opportunity Zone start-ups. And Kansas City, MO Opportunity Zone real estate development projects as well.
While access to the financing is needed to fund a start-up, and the ongoing operations of a small business located in a Kansas City, MO Opportunity Zone, access to financing is also required by non-business owners who now live in a Kansas City, MO Opportunity Zone. These are non-business owners, who come in the form of prospective owner-occupying home buyers. They are Kansas Citians who would like to buy, to rehab, and to then live in a now-distressed Kansas City, MO neighborhood home which is located in a Kansas City, MO Opportunity Zone. And to live in the home once the home is rehabbed. And to do so, affordably.
Without neighborhood stakeholder access to affordable home acquisition and affordable home rehab financing, Opportunity Zone neighborhood “shareholders” – those who live in Kansas City, MO Opportunity Zones now – could receive fewer of the benefits which are available to those who do participate in Kansas City, MO Opportunity Zone real estate development projects, and Kansas City, MO Opportunity Zone business activities.
Relocation by start-ups, and by mature businesses, to Kansas City, MO Opportunity Zones, and the development of homegrown Kansas City, MO Opportunity Zone start-up businesses, serve as a catalyst for Kansas City, MO neighborhood revitalization. And to the growth of mixed-use communities, in Kansas City, MO. Leading to higher rates of neighborhood homeownership. Leading to higher neighborhood home values. Leading to increased interest among banks to provide home loans to home buyers in now-underserved Kansas City, MO neighborhoods. The increased home equity – through increased KCMO home values – creates an opportunity for Kansas City, MO neighborhood stakeholders to use their own home’s equity, to fund their own businesses, in a Kansas City, MO Opportunity Zone.
Looking at what could arguably be called Kansas City’s most famous neighborhood – the 18th and Vine Jazz District – so far, there has been noted Opportunity Zone investor interest in housing and real estate Opportunity Zone projects in 18th and Vine. Less investor interest – so far – in financing startup businesses, or in funding the relocation and/or the expansion of existing businesses, in 18th and Vine. Real estate investor focus in 18th and Vine, has dominated the Opportunity Zone 18th and Vine focus, at this point.
31st and Troost Avenue in Midtown Kansas City, MO once rivaled KC’s Country Club Plaza as a Kansas City hot spot. 31st and Troost had once been a thriving shopping and entertainment district. Years of underinvestment, coupled to socioeconomic factors, took their toll on 31st and Troost. Today, one developer in the 31st and Troost district in Kansas City, MO has Opportunity Zone projects slated to bring 28 market-rate rental apartments, as well as 85,000 square feet of commercial space, to the market. This is an $18,000,000 Opportunity Zone project, taking place in the 31st and Troost district, in Kansas City, MO.
Benefits are flowing to Kansas City, MO as a city, and to Opportunity Zone investors, due to the roll-out Opportunity Zones. 31st and Troost is one example of that. Yet looking at 18th and Vine, a proposed approach could be to think through coupling the real estate benefits in Kansas City, MO coming by way of Opportunity Zones, to the idea behind Empowerment Zones. Which in Kansas City, MO, has a State comparable, a Missouri-equivalent.
Empowerment Zones came about during the Clinton Administration. Resulting from the Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities Act of 1993. Empowerment Zones focus on people, and on local services, not just on capital investments.
Empowerment Zones encourage hiring. They put into place subsidies for upfront investment in capital and equipment, with an eye towards how the deployed subsidies could enhance hiring patterns. Empowerment Zones provide for loan guarantees, as well as some regulatory waivers. Empowerment Zones enable local governments to receive grants which could be used for local services and infrastructure. Similar to Opportunity Zones, Empowerment Zones can lead to preferential tax treatment.
While Kansas City, MO would not be located in an Empowerment Zone (St. Louis, MO is), in Kansas City, MO, an idea could be to couple the interest in Opportunity Zone real estate projects, to specific enhancements available to Kansas City, MO start-ups, and to Kansas City, MO existing businesses, located in a Missouri Enhanced Enterprise Zone.
Missouri Enhanced Enterprise Zones (EEZ) could be created by local communities. The focus in a EEZ is job creation in a blighted area. Local incentives can be offered to businesses that expand their operations in the Enhanced Enterprise Zone.In Kansas City, MO, the Midtown area south to the former Richards-Gebaur Memorial Airport, falls within an Enhanced Enterprise Zone.