CED Receives Grant from Department of Justice

Tuesday, January 10, 2006
SNHU Communications Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Gregg Mazzola                                                                     
Director of Communications                                                                      
Southern New Hampshire University
                                                       
(603) 629-4649                                                          
g.mazzola@snhu.edu                                                               

Manchester, N.H. (Jan. 10, 2006) – Southern New Hampshire University’s School of Community Economic Development (SCED) received a $738,927 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to carry out training and research with its Weed and Seed program, a community-based, multiagency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention and community revitalization.

The project has two components: to train Weed and Seed staff and supervising program managers and to research best practices in national Weed and Seed strategy. Training includes 10 long weekends per year of course work at SNHU; the research goal is to document and share models that can be applied in other Weed and Seed communities.

Weed and Seed is a U.S. Department of Justice strategy that aims to prevent, control and reduce violent crime, drug abuse and gang activity in designated high-crime neighborhoods across the country. The more than 300 Weed and Seed sites range in size from several neighborhood blocks to several square miles, with populations ranging from 3,000 to 50,000.

The School’s Applied Research Center will coordinate the research component of this grant. ARC’s mission is to support community economic development professionals and policymakers through research and publications.

Please contact ARC director Yoel Camayd-Freixas at 644.3151or snhu.edu/ced for additional information.

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