All About the 540WMain Gentrification Conference Sponsors | October 20

We are pleased to announce the official sponsors for the

Fall 540WMain Gentrification Conference

We are thankful to our sponsors for support the Fall conference as well as the respective missions of 540WMain Communiversity and City Roots Community Land Trust

Community Preservation Corporation // Community Champion Sponsor

As a leading nonprofit affordable housing and community revitalization finance company, CPC utilizes deep, strategic relationships with government agencies, local community groups, banks, and other lenders to create customized loan opportunities for customers.

The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC) was launched in 1974 through a joint agreement between the City of New York and its leading commercial banks to restore and rebuild New York’s aging neighborhoods. CPC, believe’s that housing is central to transforming underserved neighborhoods into thriving and vibrant communities. They are about: providing innovative capital solutions, fresh thinking, and a collaborative approach to the often complex challenges that owners and developers of multifamily housing face.

Learn more about CPC at

Connected Communities // Community Champion Sponsor

Connected Communities is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization formed to assist with the practical application of anti-poverty initiatives in two of Rochester, NY’s struggling neighborhoods. Connected Communities’ role is to serve as an advocate, convener, connector, coordinator, resource navigator, and as an arm of a larger Collective Impact team serving the Rochester community. The effort’s overall goal is to build a strong, vibrant community where every person and family has the opportunity to live in a stable area with the service and support needed to overcome poverty and create a successful future.

Connected Communities’ mission is to break the cycle of poverty and revitalize the EMMA and Beechwood neighborhoods.

The organization follows the Purpose Built Communities model of holistic neighborhood transformation that includes neighborhood-based cradle to college and career education; mixed income, affordable housing; integrated wellness programs all with an economic overlay. This place-based initiative is
informed by neighborhood residents and leaders, the findings of the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge team, the work of the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI), the city of Rochester’s Innovation Team and Focused Investment Strategy, and the Regional Economic Council’s Finger Lakes Forward  revitalization plan. Connected Communities pursues its mission through collaborative efforts with community residents and public, private, governmental and charitable stakeholders.

Learn more about Connected Communities

Wegmans // Community Partner Level

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 98-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 21 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2018.

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Pathstone // Community Partner Level

PathStone is a visionary, diverse organization empowering individuals, families and communities to attain economic and social resources for building better lives. PathStone builds family and individual self-sufficiency by strengthening farmworker, rural and urban communities. PathStone promotes social justice through programs and advocacy.

Learn more about Pathstone

Homeleasing // Community Partner Level

Based in Rochester, New York, Home Leasing is a private, family-owned company operating in New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Our services include development, construction and property management—but we do much more than that. Every aspect of their business is driven by a mission to improve the lives of residents and the communities in which they work.

Learn more about Home Leasing

Venture Jobs Foundation // Community Partner Level

The Venture Jobs Foundation (VJF) invests in entrepreneurs to help them pursue their dreams, expanding small business ownership in challenged neighborhoods. The launch and growth of these locally owned enterprises fosters the creation of new, low and mid-skill jobs, stepping stones to building prosperity and dignity in underserved populations. All investing programs support this core mission.

Learn more about the Venture Jobs Foundation

Published by Calvin Eaton

(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton is a disabled community educator, content creator, and social entrepreneur, whose area of expertise includes antiracism, equity, justice, instructional design, and program development. In 2016 Mr. Eaton founded 540WMain, Inc. a non-profit online and community-based organization for accessible education and events that promote justice for all.

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