KBK Enterprises has a rich history of community involvement. We have maintained close ties not only with residents of our communities but also in offering volunteer and philanthropy support to various organizations and neighborhood groups through The KBK Foundation. The KBK Foundation has a community supportive services strategic alliance with KBK Enterprises and has been an essential partner in achieving KBK Enterprises’ commitment to changing lives by going beyond bricks and sticks. We are particularly committed to enriching the lives of people that have been traditionally under served.
In partnership with other businesses, government and the nonprofit sector, we’ve pledged our resources and The KBK Foundation’s support to help make our neighborhoods and communities attractive places to live, work and do business.
We work with community leaders to cultivate and execute initiatives for civic, economic and social well-being, and our employees enthusiastically volunteer their time and contribute financial support to a variety of community efforts.
In July 2010, The KBK Foundation launched a technology initiative at Garfield Commons known as Project Uplift. The purpose of this initiative is to decrease the digital divide among low income residents by increasing opportunities to use computers and the internet. Thus by improving the access and speed in which residents can search for and receive information. As part of the initiative, residents who successfully completed a three week computer program, in addition to being in good standing with property management, received a complete computer package free of charge. This included a monitor, cpu, mouse and keyboard. Residents also received a free printer at no expense, in addition to one free year of internet services.
The KBK Foundation provides services that are reshaping the housing landscape to create a sense of neighborhood and ownership in the Garfield community and nationwide. By including this initiative in the revitalization of the Garfield community it adds validity to the old adage “information is power.” This has improved the quality of life for the citizens we serve by making the citizens and community stronger. The donation of computers is but one of many programs anticipated for the Garfield community. The total computer commitment for Garfield Commons will be as much as $250,000. The Foundation also committed another $250,000 to make the community wireless to remove all barriers to internet access.
MWBE and Section 3 Program
After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, President & CEO of KBK Enterprises, Keith Key headed down south to help as part of the National Baptist Convention, an African American religious group for which he was a developer. While helping out he came into contact with the BW Cooper Resident Management Corporation. That group and KBK Enterprises decided to form a relationship so they could find a way to redevelop the Katrina ravaged BW Cooper Community. Two years later KBK was selected as the developer for the revitalization and redevelopment of BW Cooper, now renamed, Marrero Commons. This 1500 unit, 55 acre site near the New Orleans Superdome is being redeveloped into a mixed income community that includes affordable, public and market rate housing.
As part of KBK Enterprises commitment to the Marrero Commons community, The KBK Foundation implemented a Section 3 Plan for the residents to participate in the rebuilding of Marrero Commons. This plan included job training, employment and contract opportunities for low income residents.
Marrero Commons and the Foundation’s Section 3 monitoring process sparked national attention and commendation from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Marrero Commons received praise from HANO’s (Housing Authority of New Orleans) Executive Director, David Gilmore, HANO Executives, and community members. Mr. Gilmore commented that KBK Enterprises complied with all HUD regulations and did very well in exceeding their Section 3 requirements. The Secretary of HUD, Shaun Donavan, also stated that “KBK has had the largest Section 3 participation numbers in the country for a project of this size.” Marrero Commons hired 164 Section 3 employees and awarded over $33 million in MWBE contracts.
The success of MWBE and Section 3 can also be seen at Garfield Commons in Pittsburgh, PA. KBK Enterprises began working in Pittsburgh in 2006 when it was awarded the contract to develop the Garfield Heights community by The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP). This project resulted in the largest award to a minority business in Pittsburgh’s history. The development of this project began in 2007 through 2012 and resulted in the completion of 225 units of mixed income townhomes and a community building. Not only was this project completed on time and on budget, but the project resulted in record breaking success. The development of Garfield Commons was over $100 million including demolition, infrastructure and site work along with building homes. We achieved a city wide record of 49% MWBE participation resulting in over $27 million in construction contracts awarded. We also had the city’s largest number of Section 3 employment of any other project with 54 new hires. Residents, community stakeholders and contractors were recognized and honored for their instrumental participation in making this project such a success!
The Challenge Program
The KBK Foundation has partnered with the Challenge Program, a local organization that awards high school students in the areas of academic excellence, perfect attendance, civic responsibility and most improved grades at Peabody High School. Students in grades 10-12 receive $250 checks from The KBK Foundation in each of the previously mentioned areas. The KBK Foundation has not only been involved with Peabody High School for four years but donated funds so that all 8 high schools in the Pittsburgh School district could participate in The Challenge Program. The KBK Foundation has donated $40,000 to this initiative and has received a tremendous response from community members regarding this commitment to the youth of the city.
Community Groups & Initiatives We Support
Keith B. Key and other staff members have provided significant volunteer hours within the communities that we serve. We firmly believe that our investments should benefit the neighborhood as a whole, not just our buildings. We have been very active with non-profit organizations, community groups and trade associations in providing volunteer time, philanthropy and forming partnerships with the following organizations:
- 100 Black Men of Pittsburgh
- African American Chamber of Commerce of Western PA
- American Classic Pageant
- Arsenal Middle School
- Bloomfield Garfield Association
- BW Cooper Resident Management Corp.
- C.A.R.E. S. Program
- Carnegie Library
- Clean Slate E3
- Columbus State Community College
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
- Dress for Success
- Garfield Jubilee Association
- Garfield Gators
- Golden Eagles
- Heinz Endowments Task Force on African American Men and Boys
- Hill Consensus Group
- Hill District CDC
- Kingsley Association
- Intergovernmental MBE/WBE Council
- Larimer Consensus Group
- Manchester Citizens Corporation
- Miracit CDC
- Natl. Assoc. of Minority Contractors
- National Football Foundation
- North Aiken Senior Facility
- Northeast Area Commission
- Ohio State University
- Omega Charities
- Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
- Peabody High School
- Pittsburgh Public School Minority Business Extravaganza
- University of Pittsburgh Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence
- Urban League
- Western Pennsylvania Minority Suppliers Development Council
- Xavier University
- Youth With Dreams