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Larry K. Salley serves as a project director and administrator for Benedict College with responsibility for implementing and managing several community development projects. He holds Masters Degrees in Social Work, Public Administration and Business Administration. The State of South Carolina has licensed Mr. Salley as a Master Social Worker. He is also a certified housing counselor. Mr. Salley has significant experience in developing and managing community-based projects. He has served as the Executive Director of the Benedict-Allen Community Development Corporation, located in Columbia, SC, for the past 15 years. In this capacity, he oversees College and CDC efforts to revitalize the communities located in the Columbia Empowerment Zone. During his tenure, Mr. Salley has written or collaborated on grant proposals in excess of $12 million.
He has direct responsibility for managing several community development projects; these include HUD-HBCU projects to build a community learning center and affordable housing. During the past 15 years, Mr. Salley has managed eight HBCU (1995, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010) projects that contributed to the growth of the local community. He is currently directing a new 2010 HUD/HBCU project to implement a community improvement project in the target area. He is overseeing a financial literacy program that provides matched savings and budget and money management training to low-income persons and operating a revolving loan fund that provides financial and technical assistance to small business owners. He directs the Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) and manages HOME funds to provide home ownership opportunities for low-income persons. He has served as executive director of a community action agency serving low-income rural residents.
Mr. Salley is actively involved in local community planning and development efforts. He has worked with several committees and organizations including the East Central City Consortium,
Imagine Richland Smart Growth Planning Committee, Bethlehem Community Center, The Low-Income Housing Coalition, and Central Midland Council of Governments Community and Economic Development Strategy Committee (CEDS). Currently, he serves as chair of the Historical Black Colleges and Universities Community Development Action Coalition (HBCU CDAC). He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He has served as a consultant for several organizations providing them with grants writing and program development services. He has extensive experience in working with low-income residents and community groups.
Mr. Salley has made numerous presentations on topics ranging from community revitalization, affordable housing and rural homelessness and other issues of poverty that affect low-income communities.