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Alberta Laquasia Clinkscales,

Economic Development, Executive Director

Economic development is the process by which a nation improves the economic, political, and social well-being of its people. The term has been used frequently by economists, politicians, and others in the 20th century. The concept, however, has been in existence in the West for centuries. Modernization, Westernization, and especially Industrialization are other terms people have used while discussing economic development. Economic development has a direct relationship with the environment and environmental issues.

Whereas economic development is a policy intervention endeavor with aims of economic and social well-being of people, economic growth is a phenomenon of market productivity and rise in GDP.

In 2014, FCBCP added the community economic development component to its programs. Our community economic development component empowers community residents to develop and implement strategies for community economic development. Using the asset–based community development methodolgy in combination with the creative-placemaking concept, we assist community residents to identify existing community assets that can be utilized for the development of their dis-invested communities. Through community partnerships, resident focus groups, and educational workshops and activities, we inspire and empower commmunity residents to do the work.  


Current projects & partnership programs

Space Coast Cultural Arts & Business Organization Charities, Inc. (SCCABO)


Alberta serves as the Vice- President of the Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Inc. (FCBCP) and the Executive Director of FCBCP’s Community Economic Development Initiatives (CEDI) program which works with organizations and business partners to help residents of disinvested communities to assess, plan and implement asset-based community development strategies that foster positive community relationships, expanded social networks, and economic stability. Space Coast Cultural Arts & Business Organization (SCCABO) is CEDI’s first project.  
Alberta is also employed as a Registered Nurse in the heart center at Holmes Regional Medical Center.

  • Mentored by FCBCP Economic Development Department, SCCABO is a community economic development project targeted for  South Brevard (Melbourne/Palm Bay area).  A group of Brevard County residents joined together in 2011 to discuss the deterioring social and economic conditions they witnessed in African American communties throughout the county. In 2014, FCBCP economic development department came on Board to  provide strategy development and implementation services. SCCABO has now organized into a non-profit community revitalization organization seeking to rehabilitate an abandoned property in South Brevard to launch its program.  FCBCP’s economic development department continues to work closely with this project and intends to help the organization develop a model that can be used in communities around the state of Florida.  
  • South Brevard Branch NAACP Partnerhsip – Brevard Minority Business Online Directory:
  • FCBCP facilitated the strategy and impelentation plan to launch the directory in partnership and in support of the South Brevard Branch NAACP. Visit the directory and add your business now at: www.brevardminoritybiz.net       
  • South Brevard Branch NAACP Partnership – Grant Writing Workshop Series     
  • Nguzo Saba Collective Partnership – Kwanzaa 2015 and 2016