San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to Deliver Keynote Address at Tuesday's NDC Academy Conference

Apr 15, 2013, 12:35 ET from National Development Council

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Development Council (NDC), a national leader in economic and community development, will welcome San Antonio's Mayor Julian Castro to its fifth biennial Academy 2013.  Mayor Castro is scheduled to speak to participants on opening day during the conference's networking lunch.

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Mayor Castro, 38, a rising star in the Democratic Party and the youngest mayor of one of the top 50 cities in America, said that he was looking forward to Tuesday's luncheon.  "What a wonderful opportunity for me to speak before this group of dedicated community development professionals who are working to transform underserved neighborhoods and positively impact the lives of the people who call them home."

Pam Flaherty, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Citi Foundation, the Academy's key 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."

Mayor Castro was first elected mayor in 2009 and since then he has made revitalizing the city's urban core one of his top priorities.

"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.

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.

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; and 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 NW, 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. To learn more, please visit

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