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Fifth annual neighborhood summit focuses on creating solutions together

Pre-summit dinner also planned

01/12/07

The fifth annual neighborhood summit is exploring how to create solutions together. The event takes place Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Schiff Banquet and Conference Center, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory is opening the day at 9:00 a.m. Following opening remarks participants have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions that cover topics such as land use regulations, conflict resolution, business district development and community safety. These are being led by neighborhood leaders, community based organization and city council representatives. The sessions are being held throughout the day.

The final session of the day is a workshop involving all participants focusing on building the capacity of neighborhoods to influence state legislation through community participation. This session is being facilitated by State Representative Steve Driehaus and several other state representatives.

At the summit attendees get a chance to interact with Mayor Mallory, hear state, city, and county officials explain programs and resources, learn how other neighborhoods are successfully addressing community challenges and connect with key area officials.

A pre-summit dinner is taking place on Friday, Jan. 19, from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the Schiff Banquet and Conference Center. The dinner, sponsored by the Community Building Institute, features Garland Yates, coordinator of the National Network of Community Mobilization Practitioners, Baltimore, Md.

Yates has gained a national reputation as a strong voice in support of building the capacity of low-income communities to have a greater role in rebuilding their neighborhoods. This support includes identifying strategies and resources for working families to organize a constituency of families and their allies around key neighborhood concerns. Awards for outstanding efforts by community councils follow the presentation. Cost of the dinner is $20 per person.

The summit is sponsored by the Community Building Institute, a partnership among Xavier University and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the City of Cincinnati and Invest in Neighborhoods, Inc. Support comes from Xavier University, Seasongood Good Government Foundation and Duke Energy Foundation.

Registration is requested by Jan. 16 at www.investinneighborhoods.com or by calling 513-921-5502. For more information please contact Trina Jackson at 513 745-3348.