Tamaqua, Uniontown featured at National Symposium on community develepment
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 http://www.lisc.org/section/events/30th-anniversary/live-streaming.
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 www.lisc.org.