Thursday, May 6, 2010

President Bill Clinton to Address Neighborhoods, USA Annual Conference

Roanoke Neighborhood organizations attending NUSA this year are in for a treat.

President Bill Clinton

Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) and the City of Little Rock, AR are pleased to announce that President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at NUSA’s “Neighborhood of the Year” Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 28, 2010 in Little Rock, AR. President Clinton will be introduced by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe. The awards luncheon, part of NUSA’s annual conference, recognizes neighborhood organizations efforts and initiatives implemented to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods and create strong, healthy and sustainable neighborhoods. The conference is scheduled for May 26-29.

NUSA, established in 1975, is the nation’s premier grassroots neighborhood organization. The purpose of the organization is to provide opportunities for community minded people and neighborhood activists, practitioners, elected officials, administrators, and anyone who is interested in improving their neighborhood to learn, network and share best practices and innovative approaches for building neighborhood capacity and revitalizing neighborhoods.

This year’s conference, with an expected 1,000 in attendance, will feature over 60 workshops and 25 neighborhood tours. The workshops being offered are designed to address current issues affecting neighborhoods and our communities:

Neighborhood Organizing and Capacity Building

Neighborhood Planning, Revitalization and Redevelopment

Youth Participation and Engagement

Recreating and Sustaining Safe and Clean Communities

Green Communities Initiatives

Community Resources and Partnerships

Inclusive Communities

And other NUSA Topics

This year’s conference also features representatives from City Year, the Clinton Foundation, FEMA, HUD, National Parks Service and others who will be on hand to provide information about their programs and services for neighborhoods.

President Clinton’s attendance will make this year’s conference even more exciting says Mr. Robert Gibbons (Madison, WI), Chair of NUSA’s Awards Committee, “President Clinton’s participation at the awards luncheon will focus attention on the importance of neighborhoods and neighborhood volunteers and how they make up the fabric of our communities.”

President Clinton, a native of Arkansas, served as governor of Arkansas from 1978-1992 and two terms as the President of the United States from1993-2001. President Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation, has always been committed to improving the quality of life in neighborhoods and is a strong advocate of grassroots organizing, citizen participation, equality and social justice.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Community



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