Reinventing Older Communities: Bridging Growth and Opportunity
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The American Assembly is proud to be a conference supporter of the the sixth biennial Reinventing Older Communities conference, cosponsored by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, Richmond and St. Louis; and the Penn Institute for Urban Research, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, and Fund for our Economic Future.  The conference will be held May 12-14, 2014 in Philadelphia.

The theme of this Reinventing conference will be Bridging Growth and Opportunity.   The conference will feature stimulating discussions and engaging debates on the best ways to ensure that the benefits gained through economic recovery are widely shared.  Together with our cosponsors, the Philadelphia Fed is preparing three days of plenary sessions, breakouts, and keynote addresses designed to answer the question: How are communities capitalizing on economic development activities in a way that benefits all residents.

The conference regularly attracts over 400 policymakers, practitioners, researchers, funders, and leaders in the nonprofit, bank, and government sectors.  Topics include measuring the impact of revitalization and community development corporations; how to use data and market-based strategies to strengthen neighborhoods; changing demographics; tools to achieve greater equity; building community capacity; new home mortgage lending opportunities; and innovations in funding and financing.  

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Reinventing America's Legacy Cities

Henry Cisneros, American Assembly trustee and twenty-year veteran of Assembly urban affairs work, says of the Legacy Cities meeting in Detroit:

"...All of us who participated were motivated by our desire to arrest the deterioration of the hardest hit cities and to improve the quality of life for the people who reside in them.  I believe we laid out a reasonable path."