NDC Kicks off 2015 Academy: “Your Work Moves Our Country Forward”

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Over 400 Community Development Leaders Hear from Administration Officials, Former Michigan Governor John Engler and Top Congressional Staff

“We must work together to impact public policy and to protect, enhance and preserve the tools we use to impact America’s forgotten communities.” - Saundra Hudson, NDC Board Chair

The National Development Council (NDC) today released the final agenda for its 2015 Academy, the premiere gathering of the nation’s top community development leaders. This year’s meeting is centered on the public policy discussions surrounding NDC and its partners’ efforts to serve America’s forgotten communities now and into the future. The Academy’s theme – Your Work Moves Our Country Forward – is designed to bring together topics that lend themselves to that goal.

“With the 114th Congress only a few months old, the timing of the NDC Academy 2015 couldn’t be better,” said NDC President Robert Davenport. “It will present an opportunity to see and hear directly from those who are confronting the policy challenges that profoundly affect the community development world. Elected officials, key staff, advocates and program experts will be on hand to bring us up to date and, just as important, to hear from those of us who are on the front lines every day.”

Even on the far side of the Great Recession, the needs of the aspiring middle class are great and growing. The Academy will focus on the latest tools and techniques that economic and community development professionals can utilize to achieve results for the people they serve. We will also engage with policymakers from a wide variety of perspectives, including directly on Capitol Hill, so we can hear where current policy may be headed and how we can work together with elected officials and staff to achieve our collective goals.

Speaker Highlights:

John Engler is president of the Business Roundtable (BRT), an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. corporations with a combined workforce of nearly 16 million workers and more than $7 trillion in annual revenues. A former three-term governor of Michigan, Engler assumed the BRT leadership in January 2011 after serving six years as president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers. Bio Here

Jerry Abramson is Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House. He oversees the Obama administration’s domestic agenda with state, city, county, and tribal elected officials across the country. He is the former Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky and the longest-serving mayor of Louisville with 21 years of service. During his time as mayor, Jerry was President of the United States Conference of Mayors. Bio Here

To see the full program: http://www.ndcacademy.org

“The Academy is the country’s largest gathering of economic and community development professionals. At NDC, we take our job as a convener and informer very seriously – the networking and exchanging of ideas that happens here is critical to our success as an organization and as an industry,” said Saundra Hudson, NDC Board Chair. “We must work together to impact public policy and to protect, enhance and preserve the tools we use to impact America’s forgotten communities.”

About the National Development Council (NDC)

NDC is a nonprofit that was established in 1969 to operate as one of the nation’s first socially motivated investment bank and community development advisors. We connect the nation’s vast financial resources to Main Street investment across America and create financial efficiency by leveraging the impact of every public dollar invested in overlooked communities across the nation that are home to millions of small businesses and middle class Americans working to achieve a good job and homeownership. NDC acts as a teacher, advisor, investor, developer and lender all in one, working tirelessly to increase the flow of investment capital, spur job creation and bring community development to America’s economically forgotten areas. NDC stands for quality of opportunity through Homes, Jobs and Communities.

For more information about NDC Academy, please visit NDCAcademy.org

For more information about NDC, please visit: http://www.nationaldevelopmentcouncil.org/

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