April 2023
Live, Work, Thrive
Your Monthly Update
from the Community Development Partnership
A Word from Jay...

It has been four years since supporters of the Community Development Partnership have gathered in person to celebrate successes of the past year, elect members and officers of our Board of Directors and honor community members for excellence in community service and entrepreneurship. We are excited to gather on Thursday April 13th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Wellfleet Preservation Hall and hope you will join us. You can click here to register to attend.

We will honor long-time Wellfleet housing and community advocate Elaine McIlroy with the Gwen Pelletier Award for Excellence in Community Service. Elaine was the Town’s award-winning Librarian for over thirty years and has served on the Housing Authority and Housing Partnership for over a decade. She has been a key advocate for the development of affordable housing at 95 Lawrence Road and cites Gwen Pelletier as her inspiration for supporting more affordable housing.

Green Road Refill will receive this year’s Norm Edinberg Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship. This innovative business began as a mobile truck at farmers markets selling over 40 household products in refillable containers. With technical assistance from the CDP the business has grown, opened a brick a mortar location and become a community resource to support consumers in reducing Cape Cod’s plastic footprint.

We are also thrilled to welcome Aaron Polhemus and Mary Kay Leonard to the Board of Directors. We will feature full profiles of these two talented individuals in the May issue of our E-news.

I hope you will join us on April 13th as we recommit ourselves to building a stronger and more diverse community of people who can afford to live, work and thrive on the Lower Cape.
Jay Coburn
President & Chief Executive Officer
Supporting Local Business
Deepwater Dogs Expand their Business
with Help from the CDP
The CDP is an important resource for the community. For small businesses it can be very difficult to find the funding they need to get off the ground.
 –George Khalil, Owner, Deepwater Dogs
One of the biggest challenges for a micro entrepreneur can be deciding when and how to expand their business. Oftentimes this comes with upfront costs or technical challenges that the owner might not be fully equipped to handle. The Community Development Partnership offers loans and small business technical assistance to business owners to help meet these challenges. In 2021, when Deepwater Dogs’ owner George Khalil was planning to upgrade his hot dog cart to a food truck, he reached out to the CDP.
George grew up in Missouri and spent his summers on the Lower Cape. After graduating from Boston College, he met his future wife, a native of Chatham. His career in finance took them across the United States and, eventually, to Australia. In 2012, they decided it was time to move back to the United States. They settled in Chatham. George debated commuting to Boston to continue his career in finance, but ultimately decided to try his hand as a small business owner instead.
Housing Matters
Lower Cape Housing & ADU Resource Center Turns One
“Over this first year we have seen a lot of interest in the program. In year two we hope to increase and refine the services we offer to help more interested homeowners break ground.”
 –Terri Barron, Director of Program Resources, Community Development Partnership
Over the past several years, towns across the Lower and Outer Cape have taken important steps to address their housing challenges. Each town has a large-scale development in process. And while this is positive progress, one challenge is that these projects can take several years to complete. In the meantime, there is still an urgent and immediate need for housing that is affordable for year-round residents.
One year ago, the Community Development Partnership and the Homeless Prevention Council partnered to form the Lower Cape Housing & ADU Resource Center. The goal of the Resource Center is to address the immediate need for housing through the creation of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and by providing immediate support to keep residents of our region housed.
Supporter Spotlight
Supporter Spotlight: Bill and Judi Weil
“Cape Cod is in a crisis mode with regard to the lack of affordable housing. It’s causing a severe shortage of personnel in several industries. Many workers cannot find housing here and are moving off Cape.”
 –Bill Weil, CDP Supporter
William (Bill) Weil was first introduced to the Cape in his teens. His mother had passed, and his father remarried a woman from Falmouth. Bill was living on Long Island at the time but would visit often. After getting married, he had another connection to the Cape, through his wife Judith (Judi). While Bill and Judi settled in Paramus, New Jersey, they would travel to the Cape in the Spring and Fall to help her family open and close down the family rental cottage for the season. These annual pilgrimages to the Cape are what seeded their love for the area.
One year, after one of these trips, the Weil’s decided they wanted a place of their own on the Cape. Judi’s uncle lived here at the time, and they asked him to keep his eyes open for a property the two might be able to buy. In the late 70s they bought a property in Orleans, and in 1988 they were finally able to build a home on the land. “We would go down for a couple weeks during the summer, and it was great,” says Bill.
Other News
Join us for our 31st Annual Meeting!
Join us as we acknowledge the organization’s achievements, elect new Board members and Officers, recognize important community partners, and share plans for the future contained in our new three-year Community Investment Plan.

We will honor exceptional members of our community with our two annual awards, the Gwen Pelletier Award for Excellence in Community Service and the Norm Edinberg Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Thursday, April 13, 2023
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Wellfleet Preservation Hall
335 Main Street, Wellfleet

A $25 per person donation is suggested to help cover meeting expenses.
We are excited to announce the winners of our two Annual awards! This year the Gwen Pelletier Award for Excellence in Community Service will be awarded to Elaine McIlroy of Wellfleet. The Norm Edinburg Award for Excellence in Community Service to Jess Georges, owner and founder of Green Road Refill.
Elaine McIlroy
Chair of the Wellfleet Housing Authority
Jess Georges
Green Road Refill
Save the Date for our 9th Annual
Summer Evening on the Farm
Mark your calendars! The Community Development Partnership is excited to announce our annual Summer Evening on the Farm will be held on August 24th at Greenhouse by the Sea in Orleans.

If you are a business owner interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Jason Bertrand, Development & Communications Coordinator or at (508) 290-0127.
Join our Team!
Director of Housing Advocacy
The Director of Housing Advocacy oversees program development and implementation of the Lower Cape Community Housing Partnership. The Director of Housing Advocacy reports to the Chief Program Officer and supervises two Community Organizers.

The Director of Housing Advocacy will work from the CDP’s office located at 260 Cranberry Hwy, Unit 1, Orleans, MA 02653. Opportunities for remote work of up to 3 days per week are available and subject to approval by the position’s supervisor. This is a Full-Time Exempt Position (37.5 hours/week).

For more information the position visit: https://capecdp.org/who-we-are/careers-volunteer
Check out the Lower Cape Housing and ADU Resource Center
Free Small Business Assistance

The CDP's Business & Credit program team is available for one-on-one technical assistance. Get the resources you need to help your business succeed!

Small Business Technical Assistance is available:
  • Remotely via phone or video conference
  • In-person at the Provincetown Commons, The 204 (Harwich Cultural Center), and Chatham Works

Click the link below to schedule a 30 or 60-minute appointment! 
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Additional Resources for Businesses
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