San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and U.S. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Headline NDC Conference

Apr 15, 2013, 09:58 ET from National Development Council

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Development Council (NDC), a national leader in economic and community development, announces its fifth biennial Academy 2013.  Under its theme "Delivering Community Results in Difficult Times," the Academy 2013 is a unique three-day training and networking opportunity featuring daily sessions following four key tracks, and 20 sessions like Creative Financing: Innovative Approaches to Developing Governmental Buildings; and Job Creation: Federal Financing Tools.

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Mayor Julian Castro, of San Antonio Texas will welcome participants at the conference's opening day networking lunch.

The 2013 Academy will also offer a new networking opportunity for its participants -- Meet with Your Congressional Delegation -- which gives participants an exclusive opportunity to meet with their Congressional delegations followed by a Capitol Hill reception on Wednesday, April 17th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building – Room 325.

On the final day of the conference, the Academy Awards Luncheon will feature U.S. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  Under the Obama Administration, Donovan helped to stabilize the housing market, keep responsible families in their homes, and instituted reforms that have solidified the Federal Housing Administration's financial position and protected taxpayers against risk.

"We are looking forward to hearing from Mayor Castro on efforts he has led to improve low-income neighborhoods and create much-needed jobs in San Antonio," said Robert W. Davenport, President of the National Development Council. Pam Flaherty, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Citi Foundation, the conference's main sponsor expressed her excitement as well.  "It will be an honor to share the stage with and introduce Mayor Castro, one of the country's brightest and most inspiring leaders.  Since taking office, Mayor Castro has revitalized San Antonio, and his continued focus on creating local jobs and affordable housing opportunities keeps his city at the forefront of the national conversation about effective urban reinvestment."

During each biennial session, a special highlight is the Academy Awards Luncheon where NDC will select winners in four categories who will be awarded an NDC Academy 2013 Award. Projects will be on display throughout the Academy and Capitol Hill Reception where they will be voted on by their peers. The winners will be selected from nearly 80 projects that were submitted by community and economic development professionals across the country.    The important and difficult work of these mission driven organizations working to improve underserved communities, will be celebrated throughout the Academy and during the Awards ceremony.

The conference will be held April 16-18, 2013 at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, NW, Washington, DC.  To register please visit:

NDC Academy 2013 sponsors are: Citi Community Development, CohnReznick, BB&T, PNC , Shallo, Galluscio, Bianchi & Fucito, Law Office of Mark D. Foster, SunTrust, Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson, Novogradac & Company, KeyBank, Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen , Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Pep, Status Credit.

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. The NDC Academy 2013 takes place April 16 –April 18 at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle Washington, D.C. Visit:

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.

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