In late 2010, the foundation was approached by New London Youth Affairs to discuss how we might assist in creating a youth center for the city. From that initial meeting evolved the New London Community Center Collaborative, a cross-sector group of stakeholders charged by the City Council with exploring the feasibility of developing a Community Center. Under the co-leadership of our Associate Director, Betty Sugerman Weintraub, the group raised funds and hired a consultant to conduct research to determine what city residents wanted out of a community center, explore potential sites, and develop renderings of the building. The Collaborative also held negotiations with the Ocean State YMCA to explore the potential for the Y to operate the Community Center. At this writing, the Mayor and the City Council have in their hands the necessary information to move forward with site selection and development when they deem it appropriate, and our foundation stands ready to continue our support for that effort.