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Eastern Eight CDC recognized nationally as Green Organization

Tony Casey • Updated Oct 15, 2015 at 12:44 PM

Johnson City’s Eastern Eight Development Corporation has successfully held to its goal of strengthening the local community through the creation of affordable housing, but also has recently been recognized nationally as having done so in a “green” way.

The Washington, D.C.-based group NeighborWorks America — a 35-year-old organization that offers training for community development for affordable housing professionals — recently released its annual list of organizations that employ sustainable business practices and picked Eastern Eight CDC as one of the 81 groups to date to earn the designation.

"We are committed to making families, homes and communities more healthy and sustainable", said Retha Patton, Executive Director of Eastern Eight. "We are very excited to begin this journey with NeighborWorks."

One of its more recent projects in the region was the completion of a “Parkway Place“ 12-unit apartment complex on John Exum Parkway in late May, specifically made for those with disabilities and special needs. The ribbon cutting was attended by Johnson City Manager Pete Peterson, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe and City Commissioner Jenny Brock, among others. The complex is on the corner of Moorland Drive and John Exum.

The Johnson City group’s work has been recognized up NeighborWorks’ chain of command, even earning a nod from the national group’s CEO, Paul Weech.

”Eastern Eight CDC is helping to improve people’s health and well-being,” Weech said. “Eastern Eight CDC is showing how green business practices make economic sense.”

Earning this designation meant that Eastern Eight CDC had to demonstrate an adherence to a set of green business practices across its operations and all of its programs. By 2018, Eastern Eight CDC is looking to formally incorporate green practices into the ongoing asset and property management processes.

Other area recipients of the designation include the Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise and Mountain Housing Opportunities out of Asheville, North Carolina. 

NeighborWorks America helps create housing opportunities for people all across the country, supporting a network of 240 nonprofits in every state and Puerto Rico, including Eastern Eight in Johnson City.

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