Camden residents push for recovery to reach neighborhoods

July 18, 2005

More than 500 people attended a Community Action meeting organized by Camden Churches Organized for People, in partnership with Concerned Black Clergy of Camden City to present a Progress Report on Camden's Recovery on the third anniversary of the landmark Camden Recovery Act's being signed into law. CCOP presented the results of a formal survey completed by 953 people over the past six weeks that asked residents to evaluate progress made in key areas such as public safety, education, employment and community development, well as the City's performance in promoting communication and community participation in the process. Click here to see the report.

State Treasurer John McCormac, Chairman of the Economic Recovery Board created to disburse the $175M. in state recovery funds, attended the meeting and made significant commitments aimed at bringing benefits of the recovery directly into more of the neighborhoods. The state-appointed Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Melvin Primas, declined to attend the meeting, so a numer of proposals aimed at improving delivery of basic services to the neighborhoods remain to be addressed. CCOP and CBC have requested a meeting with Acting Governor Richard Codey to discuss the survey results and their proposals for improving the recovery process. Click here for press coverage.