The Conference is set for October 10th -11th 2014

The mission of the conference is encouraging and celebrating strong empowered neighborhoods. The goal of the conference will be to highlight local and regional achievements, offer workshops that focus on best practices in addressing community concerns and to encourage networking and information sharing that could lead the development of partnerships between neighborhood organizations, government, non-profits and the private sector.  The keynote speaker at the conference is nationally renowned community activist, Gus Newport, former Mayor of Berkeley, California from 1979 to 1986.  Gus Newport is currently a program consultant to the Vanguard Public Foundation and the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.  He is also an MLK Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Gus’ areas of focus have included neighborhood planning and development and economic development.  He has worked with many communities across the country to ensure local, grass-root involvement from the residents. He encourages neighborhood planning and development from the “bottom up, not top-down”.

A Call for proposals:

We are looking for neighborhood organizations, non-profits, religious, business or privately run groups or organizations that have programs, events or missions geared to promoting or advocating for stronger neighborhoods, finding solutions to common community problems or addressing specific local or regional needs to submit proposals for workshops to be presented at a local conference on October 11th.  Presentations should be no more than 45 minutes long including time for questions from audience.  We are also looking for neighborhoods or other groups to submit tour proposals that will feature neighborhoods, programs, or collaborations that help create or feature strong empowered neighborhoods.  Tours will be Friday afternoon, October 10th and should be no more than 2 ½ hours long and include ideas for dinner options.

Proposals are due June 9th to Margie Magnuson at  Questions? Call 402-554-0775.

Notification of acceptance will be sent July 14th.