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Tamaqua, Uniontown featured at National Symposium on community develepment

Published March 23. 2011 05:00PM

Community revitalization work in rural Pennsylvania is being featured this week at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) 30th Anniversary Leadership Symposium and Gala in Washington, D.C., a national gathering of thought leaders on community development.

The event is also being live streamed at

The session highlighting Tamaqua and Uniontown will take place Thursday from 2-3:30 p.m. and will focus on economic development, housing development, family financial stability and other key issues connected to community.

The LISC symposium runs from March 23-25 and will highlight 10 urban and rural areas around the country where LISC's comprehensive community development program-known nationally as Building Sustainable Communities-is helping raise standards of living and improve quality of life.

Other featured presenters during the event include Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services; Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council; Former Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania; mayors from Boston, St. Paul, Sacramento and Greenville, Miss.; former D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee; senior officials from top foundations; several leading economists and journalists; and community leaders.

LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help nonprofit community development corporations revitalize distressed neighborhoods. Since 1980, LISC has raised $11.1 billion to build or rehab 277,000 affordable homes and develop 44 million square feet of retail, community and educational space nationwide. LISC support has leveraged nearly $33.9 billion in total development activity. For more information, visit

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