FORUM SERIES: The Effects of Gentrification on the Community of Greenville

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at 6:30pm

The Effects of Gentrification on the Community of Greenville

Forum 2 in a 2 Part Series Focusing on Development, Gentrification, and Growing Together

In the spirit of Clybourne Park’s then and now structure, our second forum of the season will complement our earlier forum on Greenville’s development vision with a conversation on the intentional and unintentional impacts of its transformation. Has the revitalization of downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods created a rising tide lifting all boats or are some being left behind? While the benefits may seem obvious to many, what are the costs of the influx of capital and rapid development? Join us as we discuss the state of Greenville now and look toward the next phase of our life as a community.

Forum panel will consist of Don Oglesby, CEO of Homes of Hope…Ivory Mathews, Executive Director of Greenville Housing Authority…J. Russ Davis, Jr. Principal at Urban Homes…and Pastor Darian Blue of Nicholtown Missionary Baptist Church.  All forum panelists have biographies listed below.

Moderated by Jonathan Parker, Director of City Involvement from Fellowship Greenville.

Free and Open to the Public as always.

DON OGLESBY is the President/CEO of Homes of Hope, Inc. A Not-for-Profit organization serving SC, based in Greenville, comprised of a staff of 17 and an annual operating/construction budget of $8,000,000.  He has led Homes of Hope in the development of over 560 affordable and energy efficient homes for low-to moderate income families—and the job training/mentoring of over 300 men overcoming drug and alcohol addictions. Now 18 years in, Don continues to lead Homes of Hope’s expansion to greater impact across South Carolina. Homes of Hope is the leading developer of single-family affordable housing in the state.

IVORY MATHEWS is the Executive Director of the Greenville Housing Authority.  Before serving in Greenville, Matthews was the Deputy Executive Director of the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority in Toledo, Ohio.  She also served the city of Aiken’s Housing Authority for many years as Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Executive Officer.  She has served on the Southeastern Regional Council of NAHRO and is a member of CEOs for Cities and the Southeastern Affordable Housing Management Association.  A Leadership Greenville Class of 42 Member, Matthews holds degrees from Troy State University and Newberry College.

DARIAN BLUE, a native of Gainesville, Fla. moved to Greenville, SC in December 2011 and has served as Senior Pastor of the Nicholtown Missionary Baptist Church, “The LOVE Center”, since February 2012. In the first 5 years, his vision for “GREATER” has made a huge impact on the community and transitioned him to become a powerful influence throughout Greenville County. The church membership has grown from 60 members to over 350+ souls.  He has been appointed as Executive Director of the historic Phillis Wheatley Association and is committed to raising awareness and community funds to keep this historic landmark and its programs alive, changing the world one child at a time.

RUSS DAVIS is a Greenville, SC native and graduate of the University of South Carolina, where, after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, he earned his Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance in 1984. While in graduate school, he was awarded a graduate scholarship from the Small Business Administration and the South Carolina Small Business Development Center, where he worked with current and prospective small businesses across the State. Since he graduated, Russ has been in the real estate business as developer, operator, financier and senior executive for over 25 years. During that time he has been directly involved in the development and financing of over 45 apartment and condominium properties totaling nearly 10,000 units.