We all know that our schedules fill up quickly with meetings, events, and appointments so I want to make sure that our readers put these five important dates into your calendars now - so you don't miss out!
March 5 & 6 - The Institute for Comprehensive Community Development will be hosting the second "Getting It Done II" conference in Chicago, Illinois. This conference will bring together practitioners from around the country who are pursuing comprehensiev community development efforts and will offer great workshops, speakers and networking opportunities. If you are serious about comprehensive community development, you need to be in Chicago for this event.
May 3 - MACDC's 2012 Lobby Day promises to be one of the biggest and most important in years as we will be making our final push to pass the Community Development Partnership Act (if it passes before May 3, we can celebrate together!) Lobby Day is also a great opportunity for our members to show off their great work with display tables, meet with legislators, network with each other, and visit with other guests and friends who also attend. Everyone is welcome so please come to the State House.
June 21 is the day that the Mel King Institute will be celebrating its 3rd anniversary with a celebratory event in downtown Boston. The King Institute continues to grow each year and is quickly establishing itself as the "place to go" for community developers who want to gain new skills and knowledge.
July 31 is the last day of the legislative session. All major legislation, including the annual state budget, must be enacted by this date so this is the ultimate deadline for our campaign to pass the Community Development Partnership Act - otherwise we have to wait at least one more year or longer.
November 16 is the month that we plan to celebrate MACDC"s 30th Anniversary! Founded in 1982, MACDC is the oldest and one of the biggest CDC associations in the country and this event will be a great opportunity reflect on our history, and more importantly, highlight our plans for the future. We expect to release a new strategic plan at the event so plan to be there - once we settle on an actual date!
November 6 is election day when voters will elect a new President and a new Congress. Without a doubt this will be the most important day of the year and given the expected avalanche of T.V. commercials for the U.S. Senate race I suspect that none of us will miss it! Be sure to vote as if the future of your community and your country is at sake. Because it will be.