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NDC Academy 2011 Transforms Capitol Hill Reception into First Ever Tweet-Up in Historic Kennedy Caucus Room National Development Council taps its Twitter following of economic and community development leaders, officials and members of Congress put a spotlight on the nation's top community development projects

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NDC Academy 2011 today announced its re-envisioned program for the May 23-25th Conference's signature networking event, the Capitol Hill Reception. In the past, the reception served as a networking event for the economic and community development conference-goers to meet and mingle with policy leaders, officials and members of Congress. With a focus on building a more interactive and engaging event, the new Capitol Hill Reception and Tweet-Up aims to highlight the growing importance of social networking to economic and community development practitioners across the country and provide dedicated networking opportunities.

"The NDC Academy is responsive to changes and challenges impacting community development as well as to what our community partners tell us they will find most valuable and useful.  Providing productive learning and networking opportunities that come from face-to-face interactions are a vital part of the conference," said Kevin Urquhart, director of training for the National Development Council (NDC) and Academy director. "The Capitol Reception and Tweet-Up demonstrates our commitment to grow and nurture relationships at Academy and through social media. It will create an atmosphere where attendees, honored guests and officials, and panelists and moderators can actively contribute to the dialogue here, online and on an ongoing basis."

Under the theme, "Navigating Changing Times," NDC Academy 2011 will feature 20 sessions focused on the latest financing tools and development strategies for every type of community development project. 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.

NDC Academy 2011 is May 23 – 25 at the Renaissance Hotel Dupont Circle, 1143 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. A few openings remain; to register please visit: http://bit.ly/NDCAcademy.

NDC Academy's Capitol Hill Reception and Tweet-Up will take place May 24, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building – Room 325. For more information or to RSVP to the event, please visit: http://tweetvite.com/event/NDCTweetup.

NDC Academy is pleased to have the support of several sponsors, including the Citi Foundation; 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; and Jill Kotvis, Attorney.

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

Follow NDC on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/NationalDevelopmentCouncil

LinkedIn:  http://linkd.in/NatlDevCouncil  

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/NatlDevCouncil - Hashtags: #NDCtweetup, #NDCAcademy

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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