Improvement League of Plant City Community Development Corporation


As a Community Development Corporation (CDC) we capture the needs, interests, and voice of those we serve, while investing directly and consistently into incorporating the ideas and voices of the residents, stakeholders both public and private while working with local government. (-Research 1995, 1997, 1998 & 2004-)

Traditionally CDCs are recognized for developing affordable housing, however there is more to CDCs that involves a range of initiatives critical to community health such as economic development, employment opportunities, infrastructure, neighborhood planning projects, and providing educational and social service programs. The ILPCCDC's critcal role has been transformation from advocacy to both influencing and directly operating programs. The ILPCCDC supports our partners who directly lead the effort to address affordable housing.

Throughout the 40 year history of the Improvement League, we have lead numerous efforts to improve neighborhoods in the City of Plant City. Mr. Bailey's initial focus was improving the quality of life for people of color in Plant City (1982 -1995) starting with addressing the need for recreational assests at the Plant City Dr. MLK Recreation Center as well as infrastructure work on streets. The League received official nonprofit status in 1995 as a 501c3 and immediately launched the Striving for Excellence Academy After School & Summer Program. The League conducted and lead research studies to lay the blueprint for neighborhood revitalization emphasizing potential disposable income -neighborhood value, economic and workforce opportunities. Capital projects like directly funding construction of MLK Recreation Center Multipurpose Building and advocated state funding for property to construct the Westside Boys & Girls Club. Supported a resident's efforts to restore a dilapitated structure to serve as a community museum through grant funding, and getting the structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Having a historic structure with national designation influenced over 10 millions dollars in capital investments by the City.

League rebranded as a CDC in 2016 to better position itself to continue improving the overall quality of life for residents. As part of this effort the League adopted the strategy of addressing the five Social Determinants of Health which reflected the organization's 40 years of past accomplishments and rebranding as a community development corporation.

As a result we have developed a five-year strategic plan to reflect our common desire for a vibrant City of Plant City, recognize the conditions that must be addressed, and understanding our role as a good neighbor.


Foster equitable opportunities for residents, regardless of age, sex, race or religion throughout the City of Plant City.

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The Plan

The Improvement League updated its 5 year strategic plan effective July 1. Click below to get a summary of our vision and what lies ahead.

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