NCALL Attends National Conference

NCALL to Attend National Rural LISC Conference convening more than 250 rural community development experts to catalyze new opportunities in rural America

DOVER, Del — NCALL is pleased to announce Self-Help Housing Director, Jill Lordan and Real Estate Development Director, Patricia Kelleher will attend the 2019 Rural LISC Seminar, an annual national conference for rural community development professionals. This year’s seminar will be held in Monticello, New York on June 4-7. It will provide a unique forum to learn about new rural economic development opportunities; gain valuable insight on critical issues facing rural America such as the 2020 Census; develop asset building tools and organizational development strategies; and offer a networking environment for sharing knowledge with rural development colleagues from across the country.

NCALL joined the Rural LISC network this spring.

NCALL’s Executive Director, Karen Speakman, said the seminar is a great opportunity to network and learn from other organizations. “There will be rural community development practitioners from across the nation to share best practices on critical issues facing small communities,” she said. “Sending representatives from NCALL to this event will be beneficial to our customers, staff, and the communities that we serve.”

LISC President and CEO Maurice Jones will welcome attendees with a keynote address. Participants will engage in three days of plenary and workshop sessions organized around:
• Economic Development – exploring new ways to catalyze economic development through downtown revitalization efforts, innovative wealth and skill-building strategies, and Opportunity Zones.
• Capacity Building – discovering how to increase organizational capacity through bridging generational differences in the workplace, asset and property management, and innovative financing tools.
• Community Development – learning about the latest rural community development trends and how to best respond to them – including the opioid crisis, transportation barriers, and fighting isolation/striving for inclusion among our LGBTQ community.

“NCALL exemplifies the very best in bringing innovative programming to their community, and we are delighted that they are attending this year’s seminar,” said Suzanne Anarde, LISC Vice President and Rural LISC Director.