Like last year, PCRG staff, board members, and AmeriCorps VISTAs had the opportunity to attend the conference. Throughout the week they heard keynote addresses and speeches from the following individuals:
Dozens of workshops and lectures were offered, with topics as diverse as “Artists, Gentrification, and Reinvestment,” “The Power of Public Data on Lending,” and “Economic Insecurity and Addiction in America’s Coal and Industrial Communities.” While learning about these issues are meaningful on their own, it is the opportunity to meet and network with peers in the community development field doing similar work in other cities that makes the NCRC conference such a rewarding experience for PCRG staff.
As in past years, the conference was capped off with a day on Capitol Hill meeting with members of the House and Senate. Pennsylvania sent dozens of delegates to meet with Democrats and Republicans alike to discuss pressing legislative policy issues. At the top of the list for 2018 are making sure our legislature recognizes the importance of the CRA for our communities and continuing to strengthen the protections created by the Dodd-Frank Act, especially the expansion of home mortgage data reporting. Staff from PCRG was able to meet with aides from Rep. Keith Rothfus, Rep. Glenn Thomson, Sen. Pat Toomey, and Sen. Bob Casey.
It was another exciting year to be in D.C., working in this field, and we look forward to what next year has in store.