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New Changes and the 2013 Neighborhood Revitalization Conference

We are excited to bring you several new changes regarding the Building Neighborhoods blog.  The design and navigation of the blog is in the process of being improved.  We hope you find this new version easier to use than the original blog. Second, our email provider has changed – if you’d like to continue receiving our email be sure to safe list our email address.

We also have new faces to introduce to you.  First is Maria Van Hoorn, the Asset Coordinator for Neighborhood Revitalization at United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA).  Maria works closely with members and colleagues to assess and document their assets within the realm of neighborhood revitalization. Maria will be joining UNCA President, Ian Bautista, and me in providing you with updates about federal urban policy issues, with a focus on President Obama’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, social innovation, and relevant state and local place-based efforts on this blog. Any future information, tips, and inquiries concerning the blog can be directed to Maria. Next is Kate Buchanan, the new Health Policy Analyst in our DC public policy office.  Kate will help us keep you apprised of developments in public health and other issues related to our work.

Lastly, it’s with much excitement that invite you to the 2013 UNCA Neighborhood Revitalization Conference for Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28th in Washington D.C. Join members, stakeholders, issue experts, government officials, and community practitioners, as we explore neighborhood revitalization in communities across the United States. Visit UNCA’s website for information on the 2013 conference or the Building Neighborhoods blog for details about the conference in previous years.

If your organization has a cutting edge strategy that is improving the lives of residents in your community or you have established a successful cross sector partnership, you should consider presenting a workshop at the conference.  UNCA is accepting proposals for workshop presentations now. For more details or to download a workshop proposal, visit UNCA’s website. The deadline for the workshop proposals is Friday, February 8th. See you there!

Promise Neighborhoods Winners Announced

The U.S. Department of Education has announced the winners of Promise Neighborhoods Planning or Implementation grants. The list of winners can be found on the website of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute.

Congratulations to the following UNCA members for their winning applications:

Implementation Grants
Five Promises for Two Generations (DCPNI) in Washington, DC

Youth Policy Institute and the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood

Planning Grants
Cypress Hills Promise Neighborhood  in Brooklyn, NY

Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Awards

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the winners of the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program Awards, including UNCA member East End Community Services of Dayton, Ohio.   A complete listing of award recipients is available here.

A new initiative, BCJI will help 15 neighborhoods nationwide tackle crime by developing innovative, data-driven and multi-faceted solutions.  Part of the Obama Administration's Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI), the grants target locations or neighborhoods with significant levels of crime compared to the overall jurisdiction and reaffirm the vital role that community safety plays in neighborhood revitalization.

Congratulations, East End!

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