Who says officials from rival AFC North Division teams of the National Football League cities cannot work together? Evidence of their unity and similarities were displayed as representatives from organizations located in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland and other cities recently gathered in Pittsburgh to participate in the Community Development Summit. This year’s theme was: Reaching Across Boundaries.
“The goal of the summit was for participants to walk away rejuvenated and prepared to move their communities forward,” said Ernie Hogan.
As executive director of the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, the host organization of the Fourth Annual Summit he said, “All of the participants reach across boundaries on a daily basis working together across industry sectors and across neighborhood, city and state lines to increase community stability and economic opportunity in our regions. This was a way to share and learn what is working in neighboring cities as well as places like Boston and Chicago.”
With more than 600 attendees, the highest in the Summit’s history, organizers are reverencing it as a tremendous success. “The caliber of our keynote speakers, 14 breakout sessions, and the roundtable moderated by Mayor Bill Peduto, and the fun, interactive mobile workshops made for an enriching, well-rounded, and entertaining two day event,” describes Katie Hale, PCRG Neighborhood Policy Manager.