23 May

Approximately 600 attendees joined PCRG at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh on May 14 and 15 for PCRG’s 4th Annual Community Development Summit, Reaching Across Boundaries! This year’s event has been revered as the biggest and best conference yet.  We were proud to host prominent speakers and presenters from across the country, as well as a contingency of Pittsburgh’s own rousing leaders that led two days of thought-provoking and entertaining programs, breakout sessions and mobile workshops!

Some of the highlights included the evening Award Ceremony and Reception, during which Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor presented Tim Smith, Executive Director of the Center of Life, with the Neighborhood Leader Award.

We kicked off Thursday’s program with a welcome address by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto which was followed by a stimulating keynote address by Shelley Poticha, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Urban Solutions program.  David Rusk, former Mayor of Albuquerque and now a consultant on urban policy, engaged the lunch audience with a challenging presentation of our region’s little boxes/limited horizons.

Mayor Peduto joined us again to conclude the conference and lead a panel discussion on Shaping the Cities of Tomorrow. He was accompanied by esteemed regional community development professionals Christopher Shea and Ozie Davis, as well as Shelley Poticha, who explored best practices in public-private partnerships and how Pittsburgh could catalyze investment for all our neighborhoods.

Of course, the Summit’s continued growth and success would never be possible without the incredible assistance from our financial sponsors.  Thank you to all our supporters, most notably PNC Bank, who again severed as our Title Sponsor. We would also like to acknowledge Huntington Bank, who generously contributed as the Platinum sponsor this year.

Collectively, we have a charge to carry out on the lessons and best practices learned at this year’s Summit. We look forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting to work with you throughout the next year. That will give us all the more reason to convene again in May 2015 for the 5th Annual Summit!

Read more about the Summit in this Pop City Article. You can find the session presentations on our website, and to see what attendees were saying about the summit on Twitter, search for #CDSummit14.

For more information on our annual Community Development Summit, contact Katie Hale, PCRG Neighborhood Policy Manager, at Katie@pcrg.org.