Featured Speaker: Chris Walker
The Local Initiatives Support Corporation´s Building Sustainable Communities Initiative promotes comprehen-sive community-driven, place-based change in nearly 100 neighborhoods in 25 cities around the U.S. and serves as a model in part for the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development´s (PPND) Champion Neighborhoods Program. PPND is LISC´s partner in providing community development programs and financing in Southwestern Pennsylvania and is co-sponsor of this conference.
An important part of the Sustainable Communities Initiative involves monitoring community trends using national and local data on housing and labor markets, education, crime and other neighborhood indicators. These indicators help support community-level decisionmaking, assessments of performance, and communications with residents, stakeholders, and funders. Chris Walker discussed these important efforts to analyze community information and affect neighborhood change in LISC´s Sustainable Communities.
- Sabina Deitrick, PhD