National Development Council Gears Up for NDC Academy 2011 Citi Foundation President and CEO Pam Flaherty to Keynote Economic and Community Development Conference Focused on "Navigating Changing Times"

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --The National Development Council (NDC) will hold NDC Academy 2011 May 23 - 25, at the Renaissance Hotel Dupont Circle, 1143 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

The NDC Academy offers economic and community development professionals from around the country opportunities to engage on the latest policy developments and new trends impacting their profession. Under the theme, "Navigating Changing Times," NDC Academy 2011 will present the latest news from elected officials and administration staff on policy developments and will feature 20 sessions focused on the latest financing tools and development strategies for every type of community development activity. Topics include: Going Green for Community Development; the Small Business Jobs Act; Affordable Housing; Foundations and Community Development; Public-Private Partnerships; New Market Tax Credits; and more.

"In the wake of billions of dollars in budget cuts to housing and community redevelopment projects for U.S. cities and local governments, it is critical for economic and community development leaders to keep abreast of the changes and tackle the challenges facing them," said NDC President Bob Davenport. "At the NDC Academy, we bring out the nation's leading finance experts, policy makers and community development professionals to discuss the best ways to spur small business growth, increase affordable housing and drive job creation to improve communities across the nation. We're thrilled to have the support of the Citi Foundation and so many generous sponsors."

The 2011 Keynote Lunch, sponsored by the Citi Foundation, features Pam Flaherty, Citi Foundation President and CEO, and Director of Corporate Citizenship, and Ben Hecht, president and CEO of Living Cities. The Citi Foundation is the lead supporter of this year's convening, has provided full tuition and travel scholarships for 13 Community Development Corporation (CDC) leaders from around the country, and will be represented by expert speakers, including Citi Foundation Chief Operating Officer Brandee McHale.

"NDC's mission to increase the flow of capital to underserved urban and rural areas for job creation and community development is right in line with the Citi Foundation's mission to support the economic empowerment and financial inclusion of low- to moderate-income communities," said Pam Flaherty, President & CEO of the Citi Foundation and Director, Corporate Citizenship. "We're pleased to support the NDC Academy 2011 as it provides an excellent forum for knowledge building and thought leadership on the subject of community development investment and the critical impact it has in underserved communities around the U.S."

NDC Academy is pleased to have the support of several additional sponsors, including Branch Banking and Trust Company; Reznick Group; American Express Center for Community Development; Mark Foster, Attorney; Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses; Hillis Clark Martin and Peterson; Promotion Execution Partners (PEP); Shallo, Galluscio, Bianchi and Fucito; Applegate &Thorne-Thomsen, P.C.; Dudley Ventures; Vincent P. Hauser, Architect; Jill Kotvis, Attorney and Novogradac & Company LLP.

Scheduled events include engaging workshops, panels and networking opportunities. The Academy's signature networking event, the Capitol Hill Reception and Tweet-Up brings out policy leaders, officials and members of Congress and this year, for the first time, engages with NDC's growing social media community of economic and community development practitioners across the country.

For a current list of NDC Academy sessions and speakers, visit: http://bit.ly/NDCAcademyPanelists   

Registration is now open, visit: https://ndctraining.org/registration/academyreg_2011.php

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About The NDC Academy

The NDC Academy is a biennial conference of the National Development Council, which brings together economic and community development professionals from around the nation with policy makers, advocates and elected officials for high impact training, learning and networking.  NDC Academy 2011 takes place May 23 – 25, at the Renaissance Hotel Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C. Visit: http://bit.ly/NDCAcademy.

About the National Development Council

For more than 40 years, the National Development Council (NDC) has worked to create and implement economic and community development strategies that increase the flow of capital, establish finance programs and help to create a professional economic and community development workforce.  NDC offers a wide range of services, including development assistance, professional training, small business financing and debt and equity for residential, commercial, public and non-profit facilities projects. To learn more, please visit www.nationaldevelopmentcouncil.org.

Media Contacts:
Amina Suchoski
The Fearey Group for NDC
206-229-0496; asuchoski@feareygroup.com

SOURCE National Development Council



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