RNNC 2013 IS PLAYING IN PEORIA!
The City of Peoria is excited to host the 2013 Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC), which will take place from September 19 – 21, 2013. We hope that you will not only join us for this great event, but also gain valuable ideas that will help you, as a neighborhood leader, drive positive change in your neighborhood! We look forward to the opportunity to showcase Peoria’s diverse Neighborhoods and committed Neighborhood Leaders.
The RNNC is a three-day event hosted each year by one of 22 Midwestern cities. It’s a place where volunteers, corporations, governments, and community leaders gather to learn from each other and gain valuable ideas to help transform their own community. It features a wide variety of workshops about state of the art approaches to neighborhood improvement, presentations by experts and leaders in urban and neighborhood development, and lots of fun, food, and entertainment!
The RNNC was made possible thanks to the generous support of our community sponsors.
Some of his projects include 2006’s City Idol contest, which put a sexy new face on council elections; co-editing Local Motion, a book about civic projects in Toronto; and Dandyhorse and Spacing magazines. And he’s part of the Toronto folk/indie collective Hidden Cameras, using their worldwide touring to research voting practices in the cities where they play. He recently founded the Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto (RaBIT).
“For those who know Meslin, the real question is whether or not he will ever run for mayor.“I don’t think so,” he says.“Maybe for councilor, but I wouldn’t run under our current voting system.… For now, I’m getting more accomplished outside of City Hall than I could from within, and I’m having more fun.””
Redefining Apathy and Building a Culture of Engagement
What role do citizens play in developing policy, and advocating for positive social change?How can grassroots organizations use creative marketing tactics to attract media attention and shift public opinion?
How can we overcome citizen apathy and create a culture of local citizen engagement?How do we open the doors to meaningful dialogue and participation, allowing us to collectively build the cities we want to live in?
Dave Meslin is a “Community Choreographer”, with 15 years experience producing grassroots, non-partisan community campaigns designed to influence both the public as well as decision-makers. Dave will share stories and tips about effective communication, organizing and advocacy.
The Challenge of Balance
Volunteer leaders face competing demands as they strive to balance their jobs, homes, and families with the very visible and often controversial role of community change agent. In this talk, entitled ‘The Challenge of Balance’, Dr. Chuck Stoner will offer practical ideas to help neighborhood leaders meet the challenge of balance.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
|2:00 pm – 7:00 pm||REGISTRATION|
|6:00 pm – 8:00 pm||WELCOME RECEPTION
(Includes an All-America City Presentation and Entertainment provided by the Judy Page Trio)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
|7:00 am – 9:00 am||REGISTRATION|
|7:00 am – 8:00 am||BREAKFAST & MORNING WELCOME|
|8:00 am – 9:00 am||MORNING KEYNOTE SESSION: SPEAKER DR. CHUCK STONER|
|9:15 am – 10:00 am||SESSION 1 WORKSHOPS|
|10:15 am – 11:00 am||SESSION 2 WORKSHOPS|
|11:15 am – 12:00 pm||SESSION 3 WORKSHOPS|
|12:15 – 2:00 pm||LUNCH SESSION: SPEAKER DAVE MESLIN|
|2:15 pm – 3:00 pm||SESSION 4 WORKSHOPS|
|3:15 pm – 4:00 pm||SESSION 5 WORKSHOPS|
|4:30 pm – 6:00 pm||DINNER AT OKTOBERFEST (Bus departs at 4:30 pm)|
|6:00 pm – 8:00 pm||SPIRIT OF PEORIA CRUISE (Bus departs at 6:00 pm & cruise begins at 6:30 pm)|
|8:30 pm – Midnight||KARAOKE WITH DJ STRETCH|
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013
|7:00 am – 8:00 am||BREAKFAST & MORNING WELCOME|
|8:00 am – 9:00 am||MORNING SESSION|
|9:15 am – 10:00 am||SESSION 6 WORKSHOPS|
|10:15 am – 11:15 am||CLOSING CELEBRATION|
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to see the Peoria landscape by paddleboat! Following dinner, the conference will include an evening cruise on the Spirit of Peoria!
For those that still need more entertainment, karaoke will take place back at the Four Points Sheraton from 8:30 p.m. – Midnight!
Early registration will be open from July 8, 2013 through August 18, 2013. Those who register before August 18th will be entered to win a 32″ Flat Screen TV! The early registration fee, which includes all conference-provided meals, sessions, keynote speakers and entertainment, is $100 per person. Beginning August 19, 2013, the registration fee will increase to $125 per person. Registration will close on September 17, 2013.REGISTER NOW!
A paper registration form can be downloaded here and submitted by mail for those with limited internet access.
We look forward to a great turnout at RNNC 2013. Please encourage members of your community, neighborhood, or organization to attend.
The first two, in 1987 and 1988, were hosted by the city of Louisville. In addition to grassroots community volunteers, neighborhood leaders, government officials and others from the member cities, organizations from other area communities also send representatives to the conferences to learn best practices and develop strong networks that affect real neighborhood change and improve the quality of life in communities. Many neighborhood people have attended since the very first conference and have established ongoing relationships with their neighborhood counterparts from other cities.
The Regional Neighborhood Network has existed for almost 25 years representing cities of all sizes. There is a Regional Neighborhood Network Steering Committee that operates without bylaws, officers or membership dues. Participation is solely based on the commitment of member cities who come from a variety of governmental structures, philosophies, and political parties. Despite the diversity of the composition, the RNNC has endured through mayoral changes, liaison changes, and fluctuating levels of commitment and participation by the member cities. Though its initial membership started out small with only 7 cities, there are currently 22 member cities representing 5 states (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Tennessee).
While representatives of the member cities typically interact face-to-face, a minimum of two times per year at Steering Committee meetings, the friendships have become long-standing opportunities for resource sharing through technology. All conference collaborations are conducted in a non-partisan manner. This interaction among the city representatives has transcended party politics and is based simply on trust, respect, and genuine friendships that have evolved.
|Bowling Green, KY||Indianapolis, IN||Peoria, IL|
|Cincinnati, OH||Knox County, TN||Richmond, IN|
|Columbus, OH||Lexington, KY||South Bend, IN|
|Covington, KY||Lima, OH||Springfield, OH|
|Decatur, IL||Louisville, KY||Terre Haute, IN|
|Dayton, OH||Memphis, TN||Toledo, OH|
|Evansville, IN||Muncie, IN|
|Ft.Wayne, IN||Owensboro, KY|