About Us

The proposal submitted by the Reverend Dr. Samuel Berry McKinney Coalition was selected to initiate the process of taking control of the Seattle Vocational Institute (SVI) property on 22nd Avenue South and South Jackson Street.

The late Dr. Samuel Berry McKinney was responsible for bringing Seattle Opportunity Industrialization Center (SOIC) to Seattle for the purpose of training, educating, and uplifting African Americans in Seattle.

The proposal submitted would restore the pre apprentice training program, employment training in technology, contractor/business support center, and other relevant programs that will enhance the growth and development of the African American Community in Martin Luther King Jr. County.

We Need Your Help

Historically, African Americans and underserved urban communities have fought to overcome policies of discrimination, economic and social injustices. The Central District Community Preservation & Development Authority (CD CPDA) seeks to not only revitalize the historic Seattle Vocational Institute (SVI)/Seattle Opportunities Industrialization Center (SOIC) but to also maintain its ownership within the Black community. The building itself has long been an integral part of vocational training, employment and community advancement since 1974. The CD CPDA is on a progressional pathway to restoring and uplifting the community through a 21st Century lens into the infinite possibilities of what this "beacon in community" will become. We call upon the community to help us in continuing this work to full restoration of our beloved facility which is now known as the McKinney Center for Community & Economic Development (MCCED).

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