SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--September 21, 2013 will see the coming together of an estimated 400 community members from all over Santa Clara County to learn and share on how to improve their neighborhoods at the 5th annual Neighborhood Development Training Conference (NDTC). Hosted by San Jose State University, the event is co-partnered by Neighborhood Housing Services of Silicon Valley (NHSSV), United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County (UNSCC), the City of San Jose, SJSU’s Center for Community Learning & Leadership, and CommUniverCity-San Jose.
“UNSCC is proud to have played a part in this project since the beginning – it’s really important to our community. And, since the Conference is always sold out, I encourage folks to register early for the classes they want and need!”
Since its inception in 2009, the NDTC has become a huge success as an essential tool in community revitalization. Attendees are empowered through workshops, a resource fair and guest speakers to think of new ways to make their neighborhoods cleaner, safer and more attractive places to live. Courses include Civic Engagement, Leadership Building, Sustainable Communities, Community Diversity, Public Safety, Meeting Planning, Online Networking, Community Partnerships, Homelessness and Poverty and Participatory Budgeting.
This year, NDTC welcomes one of Silicon Valley’s most distinguished business and community leaders, Carl Guardino, as keynote speaker. As President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Carl is widely known for his work on transportation, housing, and community projects. In 2000 the San Jose Mercury News saluted him as one of the ‘Five Most Powerful’ people in Silicon Valley. Looking ahead to the Conference, Guardino said, “The NDTC is a thriving collaboration between various sectors of the community, including non-profit organizations, government agencies, elected officials, the general public and businesses. We all recognize that true change happens at the neighborhood level. We need this type of conference to create real outcomes for the future that starts today.”
Ken Kelly, Chair of UNSCC Board of Directors and co-partner of the NDTC planning committee states, “UNSCC is proud to have played a part in this project since the beginning – it’s really important to our community. And, since the Conference is always sold out, I encourage folks to register early for the classes they want and need!”
Registration and more information on the NDTC may be obtained by visiting: http://ndtc2013-es2.eventbrite.com/.