Deputy Secretary Ron Sims to Keynote 2011 Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation

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The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) today announced that Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ron Sims, will keynote the National Policy Dinner at the Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C., on March 16, during the 2011 NRPA Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation.

We are thrilled to have Deputy Secretary Sims keynote at this year’s NRPA Legislative Forum. It reflects the importance he places on preserving green space to help communities ensure a high quality of life and strong, sustainable economic growth.

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) today announced that Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Ron Sims, will keynote the National Policy Dinner at the Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C., on March 16, during the 2011 NRPA Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation.

As the second most senior official at HUD, Sims will discuss the critical role parks and recreation play in the department’s Livable Communities Program. He will also address the future of the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). The CDBG Program provides approximately $100 million annually for parks and recreation and is currently targeted by Congress for funding cuts.

“We are thrilled to have Deputy Secretary Sims keynote at this year’s NRPA Legislative Forum,” said Barbara Tulipane, CEO of NRPA. “It reflects the importance he places on preserving green space to help communities ensure a high quality of life and strong, sustainable economic growth.”

NRPA Chief Government Affairs Officer Stacey Pine added, “The Legislative Forum provides an excellent opportunity for citizens and professionals to learn from experts like Sims who recognize that parks and recreation resources are indispensable to American communities.”

The NRPA Legislative Forum on Parks and Recreation provides attendees the opportunity to network and meet with decision makers in Congress and the Administration to discuss creative ways of addressing critical issues, federal funding opportunities and legislation. The Forum will take place March 16-18, at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. Registration is available at http://www.nrpa.org/legforum.

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 20,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. For more information, visit http://www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit http://www.parksandrec-magazine.org.

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