Better Together: Strong Neighborhoods Strong Cities Conference

Minneapolis will host three remarkable Keynote Speakers at the Neighborhoods, USA 38th Annual Conference on Neighborhood Concerns, May 22-25, 2013. The Keynote’s were chosen based on how closely their work relates to the major themes of the conference: collaboration, equity and innovation. In addition to their Keynote addresses, each will be presenting workshops that you do not want to miss!

Click here to find out more about Neighborhoods, USA, the conference or to register. Questions? Contact Carrie Day Aspinwall, Conference Coordinator, 612-673-2243 or

Keynote Speakers Include…

Majora Carter: Eco-entrepreneur

Majora Carter is an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster.  She is responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training and placement systems.

Majora embodies the American Dream. She has continually set new standards of excellence with projects in her South Bronx community, while expanding her reach nationally and internationally.  Her philanthropic pursuits and business interests have all pointed toward greater self-esteem and economic potential for low-income people everywhere. For more information about Majora’s work visit:  

John McKnight: Co-director, Asset-Based Community Development Institute, Northwestern University

John McKnight is Co-Director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute and Professor Emeritus of Communications Studies and Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. For more than four decades at the University his research focused on social service delivery systems, health policy, community organization, neighborhood policy and the incorporation of labeled people into community life.

McKnight’s current research focuses on developing new tools to enhance the productive powers of families, neighbors and neighborhoods.

As a result of a national study of local neighborhood initiatives, McKnight and his long-time colleague, Jody Kretzmann, created the Asset-Based Community Development strategy for community building. Together, they co-authored the basic guide to asset based community development, Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Identifying and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets. This book has become one of the nation’s best-selling guides to community development, and the methods it outlines are now utilized world-wide.

Peter Kageyama: Author “For the Love of the Cities”

Peter Kageyama is a community and economic development consultant based in St. Petersburg, FL.  He looks at what makes cities lovable, what motivates citizens to do extraordinary things for their places. Peter speaks about how we can turn peoples’ emotional engagement with their place into tangible action and uses that excitement and energy as a much needed community development resource.

To learn more about Peter’s work, please visit:


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