2017 Community Development Summit


May 24, 2017 – 9:00 AM

533 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Map

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CommUNITY: The Power of People in Action examines 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 want to break the cycle of triage management and create true wealth and opportunity. At the 2017 Community Development Summit, we will lift up models that have successfully achieved these goals. For more information on the Summit Program, please visit our Summit website at Registration: Your registration fee includes materials; admittance to plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and the exhibitor hall; breakfast and lunch during the Summit; and heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks at an evening cocktail reception. It does not include lodging or parking.  Early Bird Registration is available through April 28th. After that, the price increases by $25 for standard registration. Mobile Workshops: This year, we are offering three Mobile Workshops to Summit attendees, but preregistration and payment is required. Each workshop costs $25 to participate and will take place from 11:45 - 3:45 PM on Wednesday, May 24. Space is limited to 25 participants. In order to attend a specific mobile workshop, you must select the workshop’s additional ticket at registration. The Mobile Workshop titles and descriptions are below. 1. Digging In: Pittsburgh's Urban Agricultural Community Grows Leaders and an Equitable Food Future Here and nationwide, the flourishing urban agriculture movement’s time is right; the average farmer’s age approaches 60, yet urban ag can reinvigorate this vital industry and create healthy communities while reversing blight and food access inequity.  This mobile workshop, led by the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council and Penn State Extension, will demonstrate how Pittsburgh’s Urban Ag Community is working to build human capacity, dignity, food sovereignty and collaborative infrastructure through urban, community-rooted food systems. You’ll learn how our community dedicates itself to cultivating the next generation of farmers while experiencing high-impact projects in Homewood (Sankofa Village), Point Breeze (Edible Teaching Garden), and Braddock (Grow Pittsburgh’s Braddock Farm). Presenters will share how they provide hands-on education in sustainable agricultural practices, farm business planning and skills sharing opportunities, while working toward policy solutions and programs that lower access barriers to critical land and capital resources. The Pittsburgh Food Policy Council will also discuss its planning initiatives and policy priorities. Our lunch will be sourced with fresh, local ingredients. 2. Community Supported Sustainability in Allegheny Rivertowns The neighboring Allegheny River communities of Millvale, Etna, and Sharpsburg are facing new opportunities and old challenges involving equity, water, food access, air quality, mobility, and energy as the amount of new development is increasing in these three City of Pittsburgh-adjacent riverfront boroughs after decades of decline and disinvestment. Local organizations, public officials, and residents are coalescing around shared visions for each community to ensure that new development and local changes are equitable, sustainable, and beneficial to the entire area and people who call it home. Join the Millvale Community Library, Etna Borough, and Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization as they lead a tour highlighting recent work completed - collaboratively and individually — throughout the communities, current initiatives taking shape, and future plans for community-oriented progress throughout these towns and across their boundaries. Stops on the tour will include local riverfront parks, business districts, community gardens, development sites, public art installations, and green projects. Contact for more information. Presenters, Sponsors, Volunteers, Scholarship Recipients, and PCRG Members:  In order to redeem your free or reduced price tickets, please enter the code provided to you in the “Enter Promotional Code” button on the ticket selection form. Contact Brigid O’Hara at bo’ with any questions or call the PCRG office at 412-391-6732.  Registration is non-refundable. All sales are final. Please review before submitting payment. 

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