Free workshop helps community advocates bring change for better health

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Hundreds of residents and staff from organizations working in community development and neighborhood revitalization will come together February 6 to learn, collaborate and be empowered in the fourth annual Community Development Workshop. The event was established to help revitalize the urban core in KCMO and KCK. This year’s event is a partnership of Community Capital Fund, Greater Kansas City LISC, KC Healthy Kids, and Communities Creating Opportunity.

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“This workshop highlights the good things happening in our city and offers the opportunity for residents, neighborhood leaders, community development organizations, and public agencies to connect with each other, exchange ideas and gain new skills and information,” says Amanda Wilson, Program Manager of CCF and lead organizer of the Workshop. “Participants take the knowledge and connections from the workshop back to their neighborhoods to make them safer, healthier, and more engaged.”

Beth Low, vice president of policy at KC Healthy Kids will sit on one panel sessions. Lucinda Noches Talbert, vice president of programs at KC Healthy Kids served on the planning committee. The workshop includes training and networking sessions; information booths; and keynote addresses by Bridget McCandless, President and CEO of Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Stephen Samuels, Executive Director of Greater Kansas City LISC, and Heather McMann, Executive Director of Groundwork Lawrence in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Attendees can engage in topics such as abandoned property, healthy communities and grocery stores, using arts to create community, financial best practices for organizations, volunteer engagement and management, creating partnerships with faith-based institutions, among others.

New this year is a special half-day urban real estate development track led by Mike Grube, Director of Development for Yarco Companies and Adjunct Professor at University of Kansas on Friday, February 5th.

The Workshop runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 6th. The Friday real estate track is 8:30 a.m. to noon on February 5th. Over 200 participants are expected to attend, and registration is filling up fast. The Saturday workshop is free to attend, however registration is required.

For more information and to view the complete schedule, visit our www.ccfkansascity.org or contact Amanda Wilson, Program Manager for the Community Capital Fund, at amanda@ccfkansascity.org or 816-502-9584.

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