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Jonesboro officials return from D.C. with news on initiative

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro City Officials came back from Washington D.C. Monday with some good news about the North Jonesboro Neighborhood Initiative. The program could soon become a nonprofit venture that would open opportunities for more funding.

The NJNI is a city initiative funded through the city and private funds. In 2013, NJNI received $20,000 from the public service fund, leaving only a small amount to distribute to several other organizations.

"Fifteen percent of $600,000 is not very much money," said Grants Administrator Heather Clements. "In fact, this year we capped it $50,000 and $20,000 of that went to NJNI, so that only left $30,000 to go to all these other very deserving organizations."

With NJNI becoming a non-profit organization it not only benefits the initiative, but other organizations the city helps fund.

"It allows the city to fund more small organizations and non-profits that are so deserving of this money," said Clements. "It allows us to go outside our public service funds and still fund the initiative."

NJNI Coordinator, Emma Agnew said additional funds would make a huge impact for what she hopes to accomplish.

"We can expand our work and we can engage the community at a greater level," said Agnew. "We can encourage, provide training and leadership opportunities for people to learn and grow, so they can bring about the changes in their neighborhoods themselves. "

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