CDP to mark achievements and share plans for the future at 27th Annual Meeting

Eastham, MA – The Community Development Partnership (CDP) announces the celebration of their 27th Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 29th and invites you to join them.  The Meeting will take place at Karoo Restaurant – 3 Main Street Mercantile in Eastham from 5:30-7:30pm.

The Annual Meeting is a time to acknowledge the organization’s achievements and important community partners, as well as to present plans for the future. Specifically the CDP will host a discussion between participants of the Cape Community Housing Partnership, a joint effort of the CDP and Housing Assistance Corporation to increase affordable housing opportunities across Cape Cod.

Two members of the community will be honored with the Annual Gwen Pelletier Award for Excellence in Community Service and Norm Edinberg Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship.  In addition, new Board members and officers will be elected.

“The 2018 Annual Meeting marks the beginning of a celebration of the CDP’s 26th year of creating opportunities for people to live, work and thrive on the Lower Cape,” said CDP Chief Executive Officer, Jay Coburn. “We are eager to honor our awardees, celebrate our past accomplishments and share our exciting plans for the future.”

The 14th Annual Gwen Pelletier Award for Excellence in Community Service will be presented this year to John Pappalardo, CEO of the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance. For over 20 years John has worked closely with small-boat, community-based fishermen, listening to their issues and working hand in hand with them to find solutions that both ensure the long term sustainability of fish populations and maintain a vibrant and profitable seafood industry on Cape Cod. 

Over the years he has helped build a partnership with the Community Development Partnership to work with fishermen on business planning, in addition to quota leasing, recognizing that fishermen need to do more than know how to fish in order to achieve success as businessmen in today’s world.  The core of the partnership has focused on teaching fishermen how to be better business owners through the leasing and loan programs.

John has shown his commitment to this community and those less fortunate, through the Alliance’s partnership with the Family Pantry of Cape Cod, which launched the Fish for Families program in 2013.  This program has made more than 88,000 locally-caught seafood meals available to more than 20,000 hungry Cape Cod families.

John’s commitment to advancing sustainable fisheries and a thriving small boat fishing fleet on Cape Cod and his two decades of dedicated work with the fishing community here make him and ideal candidate for this award. “John’s deep commitment to our small boat fishery and the vital role it plays in our community is inspiring” said Coburn.

The organization’s 5th Annual Norm Edinberg Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship will be presented to Cape Cod Tree and Landscape, started by Chris & Virginia Smith in 2008. 

CCT&L employs a dozen full time and part-time employees, hiring additional crew during their busy spring and fall seasons. They believe in their employees, providing ongoing education and training to their staff.

CCT&L are active and committed members of this community. Members of BNI, CCYP, Cape Cod Landscape Association and the Chatham Chamber of Commerce, they also participate in local chamber events including “Pumpkin People in the Park.”.

In 2015, CCT&L came to the CDP to finance a new truck that the business needed to purchase. The CDP approved the loan and continues to provide technical assistance to this local business. As with so many of the other things the do, they work hard to continually improve their finances and operations.

Adds Coburn, “Cape Cod Tree and Landscape is a business that the CDP is so proud to have helped grown into the successful enterprise it is today.”

The event is generously sponsored by Kerry Insurance Agency and Seamen’s Bank. To purchase tickets go to: or call Susan at (508) 240-7873 x22.  Tickets are $25. There will be light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.


The Community Development Partnership supports an array of programs that strengthen our Lower Cape community, providing greater opportunities for all who live here to thrive.

Our work starts with creating affordable homes—so essential to a healthy economy, but a real challenge in communities like ours where seasonal and vacation dynamics drive the market beyond the reach of many who live and work locally all year round.

We also work to launch entrepreneurs and strengthen local businesses. We believe a vibrant future depends on sustaining traditional industries and inspiring new ones—especially when they’re based on renewable natural resources such as fishing, farming, art and hospitality.

In all that we do, we aim to protect the natural environment around us—preserving the character and sustaining the future of this special place we call home.

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