Innovative Cities

Join REACH OUT and Partners for Innovative Communities for WE’RE ALL CONNECTED the 7th Annual National Innovative Communities Conference, Tuesday and Wednesday June 21st and 22nd at Ontario Convention Center 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764.

This event is FREE and a must gathering for new ideas and best practices for making communities a better place to live.  Each year there are many wonderful panels, both practical and urgent -- as well as workshops, training and policy sessions that engage political officials, academics, community leaders, youth and faith-based organizations in what it takes to build and sustain a healthy community in the 21st century.

Three keynote presentations feature regional leaders known for their work conceiving of healthier cities. The roster includes Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director of Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), John Bulinski, District 8 Director for the California Department of Transportation, and Dr. Betsy L. Thompson, Chief Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the U.S. Public Health Service.

 NICC is sponsored by REACH OUT whose mission is to strengthen communities by bringing people together to solve our region’s toughest issues: breaking barriers to educational achievement, expanding economic opportunities, and creating safe, healthy and innovative communities.  For information on their programs and causes, go to: we-reachout.org

This year's breakout sessions combine issues relevant to both professionals and community organizers with themes such as: Healthy Communities Initiatives, Community Engagement, Environmental Change and Design, Drug and Alcohol Prevention, Policy Implementation, Success Stories, Leadership Development, Alternatives to Juvenile Justice Involvement, Community Relations, Law Enforcement Outreach, Social Equity / Environmental Issues.

There are even workshops designed specifically for youth. Many demystify paths to a health careers while others look at bullying, suicide prevention, importance of physical exercise, and the hazards of drinking or texting while driving.

The National Innovative Cities Conference is produced annually by REACH OUT and Partners for Innovative Communities whose mission is to empower communities by increasing their capacity to create healthy and safe environments through policy design, partnerships and collaboration.

PIC Coalition partners include business owners, youth, parents, school officials, health care providers, colleges, universities, health care professionals, community providers and stakeholders, law enforcement, elected officials, youth and faith-based organizations.

To get involved PIC or register for the NIC Conference, go to http://www.pic-nicc.org/

Or, contact:

Julie Duarte, PIC Program Coordinator Julie@we-reachout.org; Omar Gonzalez, Director of Environmental Prevention and Public Policy Omar@we-reachout.org