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 – physical, political, or organizational – so that marginalized places and people may thrive and invest within themselves. A place’s legacy– good or bad – can be the foundation upon which we organize ourselves, facilitate public and private investment, and create opportunities that not just attraact the outside, but lift up from within. Growth and innovation’s unintended consequences challenge our normal approaches, and new models must be explored. They must be implementable, however. We have heard that loud and clear: today’s practitioners across the community development spectrum need real, actionable, holistic solutions to persistent problems that make the not-so-usual suspects part of our team.
CommUNITY: The Power of People in Action is about 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 – not just in one area but all that affect our community and its people. We want that change to be lasting, and to pay dividends to residents, entrepreneurs, responsible developers and investors. We want to break the cycle of triage management and create true wealth and opportunity. These are the models we will lift up at this summit.
We are seeking directors, coordinators, and experienced community development practitioners of all kinds to come and address Summit attendees. We want to hear from those who are interacting with people on the ground or putting a new program into motion. We’re looking for those willing to share their real world experience with innovative ideas. Is that you? Fill out a session proposal form today!
All proposals are due by midnight on Sunday, February 5, 2017.