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Symposium: Looking Back to Move Forward: 40 Years of Community-Led Transformation (ML931)

Pittsburgh, PA • Dec. 5, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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  • Agenda (Our agenda for this symposium is evolving quickly. To stay on top of the latest additions and begin to focus the perspectives and questions you’ll bring to this event, visit us regularly.)
  • Symposium Speakers

What will the next 40 years demand?

In 1968, the collective efforts of Northside Pittsburgh residents led to the creation of the first Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) organization in 1968. Dorothy Mae Richardson was among the many who knew her community was valuable and she was ready to protect it. To achieve her goal, 

Dorothy brought together neighbors, local government officials, and city banks to find a solution. They persuaded the banks to extend loans to “unbankable” residents so they could improve their homes or buy them from slumlords. She created a new model of community development, centering the rights of tenants to safe, healthy and affordable housing options.

After 40 years, NeighborWorks America is still humbled by the transformations catalyzed by local resident change-makers. This symposium will be an opportunity to reconnect to our organization’s origins, recommit to community, and bring the focus back to those like Dorothy Richardson, who continue to fight tirelessly for underserved and under resourced neighborhoods across the country. 

Throughout the day, we’ll discuss:

  • The value of inclusive practices that center the resident voice in community development
  • How we honor and incorporate community assets that already exist
  • Innovative strategies for developing resident leaders
  • Executive Directors, Chief Executive Officers and Senior Staff
  • Board Members
  • Practitioners on the front lines of Community Revitalization
  • Program Officers from Foundations and Funders
  • NeighborWorks Members and Staff interested in the history of NeighborWorks America
  • Resident Leaders