FORMER DETROIT FBI CHIEF WILL SHARE CRIME FIGHTING STRATEGIES; RESIDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN WORKSHOPS TO FIND SOLUTIONS FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES, HEAR IDEAS ON REDEFINING DETROIT
DETROIT, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The former FBI special agent in charge of Detroit will share crime fighting strategies with hundreds of city residents as part of the third annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Rising Summit on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the downtown Detroit campus of the Wayne County Community College District.
Andy Arena, who retired from the FBI earlier this year, will make a presentation in his new role as executive director of the Detroit Crime Commission, a non-profit created earlier this year to assist local law enforcement authorities in fighting crime.
That includes troublesome neighborhood issues such as blight and arsons, as well as traditional street crime.
Participants will also hear a presentation on information and ideas gathered from city residents from Charles Cross, an official with the Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning initiative.
He has been involved with months of discussions, research and thousands of community interactions as part of the Long Term Planning initiative, which is developing a strategic framework plan to improve the quality of life in city neighborhoods.
Sponsored by the Kresge Foundation, the Summit will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m at the downtown campus of WCCCD located at 1001 W. Fort Street, 48226.
The event is free and open to the public. It will include a continental breakfast and lunch.
However, all participants are urged to register at www.arisedetroit.org to secure a spot in the workshops. They can also phone 313-921-1955. Last year, over 300 residents attended the summit.
The summit will also feature 10 workshops offering information and strategies to help residents improve their neighborhoods in areas ranging from fighting crime and forming block clubs, to developing youth programs, establishing community gardens, developing farmer's markets, and obtaining mini-grants for neighborhood programs. Community leaders working on the front lines of change in Detroit will share success stories and offer advice to participants.
In addition, there will be community organization exhibitors and vendors with information and resources to help neighborhood residents.
Funded by the Kresge Foundation, ARISE Detroit! is a coalition more than 400 community organizations promoting volunteerism, community activism and positive media images to create a better Detroit.
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