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Metro Newsroom

Mayor to Host Regional Neighborhood Conference

Wednesday September 5, 2007

More than 300 delegates from a five-state region will meet in Louisville to share ideas on strengthening neighborhoods at the 21st Annual Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC) on September 27 - 29, 2007. The final day of RNNC runs concurrent with the fifth annual Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit.

Louisville residents are invited to attend both conferences at the Galt House to learn new techniques for energizing neighborhoods and cities, preventing crime and preparing for disasters.

“The Regional Neighborhood Network Conference is a proven venue for cities to learn from one another – then to put those lessons to work to make their communities even better places to work and raise families,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “Because RNNC coincides with our annual Neighborhood Summit, I know our city’s neighborhood leaders will get a lot of great information to take home to improve our hometown.”

RNNC workshops are led by experts and neighborhood leaders from member cities such as Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Peoria, Ill.; Cincinnati, Ohio and others. Topics include neighborhood safety, recruiting volunteers, engaging youth, beautification and more. A highlight of this year’s conference is a series of neighborhood tours highlighting Louisville’s successes, such as the “City of Parks” plan and Brightside beautification projects.

The keynote speaker for the RNNC luncheon on Friday, September 28 is Nontombi Naomi Tutu, a global activist and the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Tutu attended college at Berea College in Kentucky, and she will talk with residents about the importance of giving back to one’s community.

Louisville has been a part of the RNNC since its inception in the 1980s. The conference was last held in Louisville in 2000. Since then, Louisville has implemented many new strategies for strengthening neighborhoods; continued redevelopment of the waterfront and downtown, and launched an ambitious, long-range plan to convert thousands of acres into suburban green space and parkland.

On the final day of RNNC, regional leaders will join Louisville neighborhood representatives at the fifth annual Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit on Saturday, September 29, 2007. This session is targeted specifically to Louisville residents, and addresses a number of local concerns such as meth, preservation, business partnerships and neighborhood communication.

Louisville neighborhood representatives are welcome at both conferences, which will be held at the Galt House. Early registration to RNNC (by Sept. 14) is $100.  Late registration is $125.  Visitors can also choose to register for the Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit alone. Early registration (before Sept. 14) is $25. After that date, registration is $35.

Ticket information is available through MetroCall 311 or by visiting Use key word search “Neighborhoods” to register online.