30th Annual Regional Neighborhood Network Conference Kicks Off Tonight

The Cities of Champaign and Urbana are pleased to welcome attendees to the 2016 Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC) which starts today and lasts through Saturday, October 1, 2016.  More than 310 participants from five states are converging on Champaign for three days of training and information sharing about ways to promote neighborhood wellness and community engagement.

“We’re so excited to have so many people joining us in Champaign-Urbana for the 30th Annual Regional Neighborhood Conference,” reports John Ruffin, Neighborhood Coordinator for the City of Champaign.  “Those attending the conference will learn about current best practices and effective ways to promote positive changes and to transform their neighborhoods and communities.”

Conference attendees from several states, including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee, will choose from more than 30 different workshops, four field tours, and other training and networking opportunities.  The workshops will cover topics like public safety, youth engagement and development, neighborhood revitalization and development, collaborative engagement, food insecurity, environmental sustainability, and affordable housing.

John Ruffin adds, “This is a great opportunity to show off everything our community has to offer, including a number of successful programs and initiatives we created right here in Champaign-Urbana.  We think the conference attendees will be quite impressed by what our community is doing.”

The RNNC begins tonight with a welcome reception at 6:00 pm and concludes Saturday with a neighborhood connection and engagement event.  Registration is still open for the conference.  Visit 2016rnnc.com to register or learn more.

Media Contact: John Ruffin | 217-403-7070 | John.Ruffin@champaignil.gov