LISC Initiatives in Olneyville, Woonsocket to Be Featured at National Symposium This Week

Mar 22, 2011, 17:32 ET from Local Initiatives Support Corporation

PROVIDENCE, R.I., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Revitalization efforts in the Olneyville neighborhood and in Woonsocket are being featured on March 23, 2011, at the LISC 30th Anniversary Symposium and Gala in Washington, D.C. The event is a national gathering of leaders in the field of community development.

Members of the media are invited to attend. The event is also being live streamed at

"We are thrilled to have two successful projects from Rhode Island highlighted in a national forum," said Barbara Fields, Executive Director of Rhode Island LISC. "The progress we have made in these neighborhoods in only 12 months reflects the effectiveness of LISC holistic approach to building communities."

The session featuring Rhode Island—which will also profile progress being made in neighborhoods in Houston and Indianapolis—takes place on Wednesday from 1:45-3:15 p.m. EDT at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington. On Thursday evening, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) will be honored and offer remarks at LISC's 30th Anniversary Gala Celebration at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art & Portraiture.

The LISC symposium runs from March 23-25 and will highlight 10 neighborhoods from around the country where LISC's comprehensive community development program—known in Rhode Island as "Our Neighborhoods"—is helping raise standards of living and improve quality of life. In addition to the Rhode Island LISC presentation, other speakers during the event include Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services; Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council; Former Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania; mayors from Boston, St. Paul, Sacramento and Greenville, Miss.; former D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee; senior officials from top foundations; several leading economists and journalists; and community leaders.

For more the full agenda, visit

Media contact:
Colleen Mulcahy, LISC/NEF Communications
312-342-8244 or

SOURCE Local Initiatives Support Corporation