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“I am confident that, as a city, we can do what is necessary to reduce poverty and positively impact the lives of the citizens of our community who are in need. I invite those involved in city government, nonprofits, business, religious organizations, providers of service and the larger community to join in collaboration to positively impact the lives of
residents. It is time, and it is the right thing to do.” –Mayor Karl Dean
7:30 - 7:55 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Program and Lunch
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Join the business community, service providers, Metro government, faith-based organizations, nonprofits, and other concerned citizens to learn how poverty affects
and its residents from an economic and social perspective. Guest speaker William Porro, ACCESS
, along with local experts will paint a picture of poverty in
and offer examples of what's being done to reduce poverty in other communities.
The purpose of our Poverty Symposium is not just to educate ourselves as to the breadth and depth of poverty in our community, but to serve as a catalyst for identifying and actions that will lead to a significant reduction of poverty in our community in the foreseeable future. To this end, action teams will be formed in the days immediately following our symposium to further study each of the areas at the center of our symposium: housing, healthcare, food and hunger, childcare, economic opportunity,
neighborhood development, and workforce development. Symposium participants and other members of our community will have the option to sign up for and serve on an action committee.
Committees will be facilitated by experts, provided ample professional support, and comprised of members of our community. After reviewing what is currently being done in our community and identifying gaps that need to be filled, each committee will identify 4-5 reasonably affordable and doable action steps that, if taken, will lead to a significant reduction of poverty in our community.
Our plans are to spend the month of October training committee facilitators and participants. Beginning in November, committees will meet monthly until their charge is completed, hopefully by spring. Committee findings will be reviewed and compiled by an oversight team to safeguard against duplication. A preliminary report, including suggestions and timelines for implementation, will be shared with the mayor for his consideration and
to develop reasonable strategies for execution.