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Parents exiting poverty at record pace, driving poverty down & out in St. Pete

October 27, 2017

Earlier this month, about 100 people gathered at Mt Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate a recent update from the federal Census Bureau showing the lowest poverty rate ever recorded for African Americans in the City of St. Petersburg. 

Cory Adler, Executive Director of the 2020 Plan Taskforce notes, “You know the old saying ‘Success has a thousand fathers?’ Well, it happens to be true in this case. Over 100 organizations are working together to speed-up the pace of poverty reduction. While 2020 keeps the torch lit, we are one small part of this network.”

On the leading edge of this growing movement as investors are the City of St. Petersburg, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, United Way Suncoast, Mt. Zion Progressive, Pinellas Opportunity Council, Bon Secours, R’Club, The 2020 Fund, the Tampa Bay Rays, and Tampa Black Business Investment Corporation, among others.

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