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2006 Southwestern Pennsylvania Nonprofit Summit Convenes Local Leaders

[via AmericaSpeaks’ Network News] On March 7, 2006, over 900 people gathered at Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center to provide the region’s nonprofit sector with two essential tools: a strong link to the civic affairs agenda and a roadmap showing new pathways that will better connect Southwestern Pennsylvania nonprofit and civic leaders with each other. Sponsored by the Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania and the Forbes Funds and utilizing AmericaSpeaks’ innovative 21st Century Town Meeting process, the 2006 Nonprofit Summit participants identified and voted on priorities, collective strategies, alignment with other sectors’ agendas, and specific actions to take – all in the service of advancing the region’s next renaissance. Calling the conference “a confluence of passion and pragmatism,” Gregg Behr, president of The Forbes Funds and chair of the Summit, was pleased with the outcome. “Where else but right here in Southwestern Pennsylvania could the nonprofit community come together to express its collective voice in such a creative and bold way? The results of this historic Town Meeting will be used to frame the direction of the region’s nonprofit sector for years to come” he said. For a limited time, you can read about the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s article on the Nonprofit Summit by visiting: http://pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/trib/regional/s_430975.html

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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