Registration open for September neighborhoods conference

Registration is now open for the upcoming Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC) in Fort Wayne.

This year’s RNNC is set for Sept. 19-21 and will be hosted by the city of Fort Wayne. The theme is “Play in the Fort,” with an emphasis on how recreation, arts, culture and social interaction can help transform neighborhoods.

Cost for an early bird registration is $125. This provides access to keynote speakers, workshops, tours and meals from Thursday evening to Saturday afternoon. Beginning July 1, the fee will increase to $150 and then on Sept. 1 it will move to $175. The link to register can be found at RNNConference.com.

Keynote speaker will be Shawn Dunwoody, an artist from Rochester, N.Y. Dunwoody collaborates with neighborhood organizations and other community groups to revitalize urban neighborhoods through art and placemaking activities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take various guided tours throughout Fort Wayne’s neighborhoods. The tours will offer a look at historic neighborhoods, the Electric Works development, housing and urban development in southeast Fort Wayne, innovative parks and recreation programs, a tour of local breweries and more.

Workshop topics include promoting safe neighborhoods, improving urban housing, public art, marketing and social media for neighborhoods, volunteer recruitment, working with diverse populations, neighborhood recreation programs and more.

Sponsors include the Knight Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. Other sponsors include Parkview Health, Ruoff Home Mortgage, NIPSCO, Comcast, Black & Veatch, Rothberg Logan Warsco LLP, Flagstar, the Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Wayne Tin Caps. Any organization interested in contributing to the conference should contact Stephanie Crandall at Stephanie.Crandall@CityofFortWayne.org.