Rodney Byrnes

Revitalizing the American Dream.
Indianapolis, IN

Big Idea:
Poverty is killing the American Dream for 46 million adults and 16.1 million children. Even worse, half of those children live in concentrated poverty, where most 3rd graders read below grade level; homicide rates are 12 times higher; and their prospects for healthy, successful lives are threatened. What role can real estate developers play in breaking the cycle of poverty? How can multifaceted real estate development be used as a tool to revitalize the American Dream in the most distressed neighborhoods?

Rodney is Vice President, Real Estate Development at Strategic Capital Partners. Rodney’s primary focus is urban development projects including the Avondale Meadows Revitalization Project in Indianapolis. He holds a BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University and currently sits on the boards of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc., YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and Park Tudor. His talk explores how the cycle of poverty has been broken with a special approach in several communities nationwide by tackling systemic issues: replacing concentrated poverty with high quality mixed-income housing, seeding high performing schools; and providing wrap-around services to families in need.