2017 Summit

CommUNITY: The Power of People in Action:

Pittsburgh’s re-emergence as a region of opportunity brings possibilities unimaginable a couple years ago.  It has, however, also passed over many communities and pushed still others even further behind.  Community development may have been born out of stemming decline, but its core mission remains the same in this new reality. We break down barriers that are physical, political, or organizational so that marginalized places and people can thrive.  A place’s legacy, good or bad, can serve as the foundation upon which we organize ourselves, facilitate public and private investment, and create opportunities that not just attract resources from outside, but lift up from within.  Growth and innovation’s unintended consequences challenge our normal approaches, and new models must be explored.  But we have heard loud and clear:  today’s practitioners across the community development spectrum need real, actionable, holistic solutions to persistent problems.

CommUNITY: The Power of People in Action examined how people take concepts, build support, and put them into action. Community development leaders across the spectrum want to know how to smartly effect change, in every area that impacts our communities and their people.  We seek lasting change that pays dividends to residents, entrepreneurs, responsible developers and investors.  We hope to break the cycle of triage management and create true wealth and opportunity.

The Seventh Annual Community Development Summit, CommUNITY: The Power of People in Action, featured two full days of sessions packed with case studies, tools for development, and discussions of the changing community development landscape. Summit presenters and sessions were carefully chosen to highlight examples of equitable development and unusual partnerships, demonstrate practical ways to achieve goals, and showcase new ways to generate solutions and build consensus.

For more information about the 2017 Summit schedule, visit our Agenda page, or download our 2017 Program Book. Read about the keynote speakers we hosted, Mayor Andy Berke and Peggy Shepard of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, on our Keynote page. You can view the presentations from sessions that provided them on our Sessions page. Consideration to support the 2017 Summit was provided by a number of sponsors, listed here.