Hilton Garden Inn
Entertainment by: Nate Banks & Friends
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Chief Illiniwek Ballroom, lower-level
Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen, City of Champaign
Mayor Laurel Lunt Prussing, City of Urbana
City of Bowling Green
Be strategic and effective with your efforts to improve your neighborhood. This session will provide tips for working smarter, not harder, as you and your neighbors work to create a safer stronger neighborhood.
Raven Fuller & Terence Acquah
The City of Peoria Community Development Department works hard to improve neighborhoods all over Peoria. One way this can be done is by demolishing housing that have become damaged beyond repair. While this is a step towards a more beautiful, safe, livable neighborhood, these deteriorating properties are often an eyesore while awaiting demolition. To further the goal of a more livable neighborhood the Community Development Department launched the Board Up Beautification initiative. Learn about this creative and innovative new program.
City of Champaign Township
The City of Champaign Township, Metanoia Center, Lift Them Up Center have partnered to provide key programs to at risk youth in the Champaign Community. Increased crime, low employment opportunities, and decreased graduation rates have shown that options are needed for our youth. The public/private partnership has provided education, income, and life skills to not only provide options for our youth but also to provide alternatives to other behavior.
Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country where every community is a clean green and beautiful place to live. We provide the expertise, programs, and resources to help people end littering, improve recycling, and beautify America’s communities. Driven by the work and compassion of more than 600 community based KAB affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Our collective action champions environmentally healthy, socially connected, and economically sound communities. KAB continues to bring people together to transform public spaces into beautiful places.
Many residents in communities throughout Illinois lack adequate and affordable food resources. In response, a small vegetable farm has been established in east-central Illinois with the overall goal of building a regional food system where high-quality, locally grown produce is available to everyone, especially those at an economic disadvantage.
Kenneth Graham & Associates
This presentation will outline and describe eight life changing key principles of youth development. Also covered: the importance of youth development, the challenges our youth are facing, dealing with the complexity of our youth, and how developing young minds benefits our communities and world.
Urbana School District 116
The Summer Youth Employment Program is committed to assisting high school students with acquiring employment opportunities during the summer months. SYEP is designed to provide work experience, training, and work readiness skills for low socioeconomic students. SYEP provides students with self awareness, job search and soft skills, career assessments and research, team building, and financial literacy. Other advantages for the students are the creations of positive networks and professional rapport, obtaining transferable skills, enhancing communication skills, and creating skilled workers within the community.
Monee Bush Jr.
This presentation will focus on the creation of a nonprofit organization and how to effectively collaborate to achieve organization goals and objectives.
Krannert Center For The Performing Arts Engagement Team
Krannert Center For The Performing Arts at the University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Using stories to document their deep and expansive work, the engagement team will outline strategies and projects that engage multiple communities and present excellence in local and national arts.
City of Champaign
In response to a police involved shooting in 2009, the Champaign Community Coalition comprised of law enforcement, educators, human service providers, local government, and community stakeholders was established in Champaign County, Illinois. It serves as an exemplary model, showcasing how communities can develop, maintain, and establish culturally responsive, community based, trauma-informed collaboration whose goal is to improve the lives of youth and their families. The Champaign Community Coalition fosters a community where youth are empowered and safe, there is effective law enforcement, positive police-community relationships, and increased community collaboration and resource sharing.
Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County
Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County has been a powerful force in the struggle to provide affordable home ownership opportunities and stabilize neighborhoods in Urbana. The partnership between the City of Urbana and Habitat has been fruitful for both organizations, since the City’s grant funding has provided a reliable source of funding for Habitat, which has contributed to expanding the City’s tax base by replacing vacant and blighted structures with new or rehabilitated homes.
Prosperity Gardens/University of Illinois Extension
Through urban farming, communities can address issues for food insecurity through engaging neighbors, schools, community centers, and local government. Prosperity Gardens is dedicated to cultivating a healthy community through employment, education, and collaboration.
City of Champaign
After a brief walk through the timeline of the project origin, the presentation will focus on the public engagement process and how public input helped shape the policies developed to guide the key activities of the project. Key points will also include the City/Housing Authority partnership, the Bristol Park Neighborhood Plan and the impact of the various policies. Finally, the presentation will review the award-winning Bristol Place Master Plan that provides for a LEED-ND community and the status of the City’s Request for Qualifications for the Bristol Place Neighborhood Redevelopment Master Developer Recruitment.
Drainage Improvements Tour. This tour will show you several recent projects completed by the City of Champaign. This tour will show that not only can drainage improvements be functional, but they can be beautiful as well. The bus tour will first head to Champaign’s Second Street Reach and Scott Park for a look at a park-like, multi-use basin. Then the bus tour will travel down West John Street to view community rain gardens and other improvements. Then the trip heads out to West Washington Street to take a look at a neighborhood drainage project with several nice community amenities, before finally heading back to the Hilton Garden Inn.
Join us on a tour of our growing Arts in the Park initiatives throughout Champaign and Urbana. We’ve worked with local artists and agencies to beautify our parks with selected artwork. Come hear about our partnerships and efforts to increase our visually stunning amenities that give our parks an added bonus on your stroll!
UIUC Research Park
Community Gardens Tour. This tour will start by heading over to Urbana for a look at the Orchard Downs garden then proceed onto the beautiful Meadowbrook Park. If time allows, the tour will stop at the garden across from Urbana High School on the way to the Lierman Community Garden. The last stop on this tour will be at the student-run Prosperity Gardens in Champaign, before finally heading back to the Hilton Garden Inn.
Hoosiers, Hawkeyes, Wolverines, Buckeyes Rooms
John Street Watershed/University of Illinois
This presentation will look at years of work dedicated to improving the storm water infrastructure in the John Street Watershed in Champaign, IL. In particular it will focus on residents’ adoption of green infrastructure (like rain gardens) in a post construction neighborhood.
Officer Anthony Allen
With the aid of multiple city disciplines, the Peoria Police Department’s Neighborhood Services Unit has had success with a focused deterrent strategy. Learn what they’re doing to combat neighborhood nuisance problems at residential/commercial properties and improving the quality of life of those who live there.
Denise Barreto/Keynote Speaker
Now, more than in any other time in history, collaboration across the public and private sector is necessary to solve our biggest societal challenges. Government can’t solve it alone. Nonprofits are stretched thin with little margin for error. Corporate entities have funds and often in-kind services but no idea how to help. This session will bring these three worlds together and show how to appeal to the need of each entity in order to derive solutions to our community’s biggest problems. This interactive session will use real life examples of public-private partnership collaborations as well as co-create discussion and ideas around how to best drive collaboration and discussion for inclusive leadership at the community level. Attendees will leave ready to have tough discussions and drive better initiatives to serve their most vulnerable populations.
Dr. William Patterson
University of Illinois/College of Engineering
The focus of this presentation is to demonstrate how to use community legacy and popular culture as an approach to community revitalization and development. Hip Hop Express, a multi-media memory celebratory archiving tool, will serve as the tipping point for discussion. Examples include how various municipalities in Champaign-Urbana, organizations in St.Louis and Chicago, and colleges and departments of the University of Illinois utilize the tool to further and achieve their individual scholarship and public engagement goals.
Raven Fuller & Terence Acquah
The City of Peoria Community Development Department works hard to improve neighborhoods all over the city. One way this can be done is by demolishing housing that has become damaged beyond repair. While this is a step towards a more beautiful, safe, livable neighborhood, these deteriorating properties are often an eyesore while pending their demolition date. To further the goal of a more livable neighborhood the Community Development Department launched the Board Up Beautification initiative. At these sessions, local students will paint the boards that will eventually cover the windows of these properties.
City of Champaign
Fire Factor is collaboration between the City of Champaign, the City of Urbana, and the University of Illinois. The goal of Fire Factor is to teach fire safety principles to student leaders so that they can take the message back to their peers.
Officer Candi Perry
This presentation will focus on the realities of managing effective community relations, immigrant outreach, & youth initiatives. Learn how to effectively overcome language barriers, how to change the way youth & immigrants view and interact with police, and how to change both the community culture as well as law enforcement culture.
Communities of faith are well-equipped to address issues by recognizing that each individual is a child of God and has intrinsic worth. Learn how the Interfaith Alliance of Champaign County (IL) was formed, what they have achieved, what they yet hope to achieve, and how the model can be applied in your community.
The Community Reinvestment Group is a collective of nonprofit organizations, credit unions, local municipalities, and full service financial institutions with Community Reinvestment Act requirements, working together to promote affordable housing and community reinvestment across Champaign County.
Leigh Anne Ward
The Miracle Garden
Learn how to use your nonprofit’s events for public relations and marketing purposes, develop strategic partnerships (public and private sector), and document successes for grant funders.
City Of Urbana, IL
Crystal View is a 70-unit, green, affordable housing development near downtown Urbana that features solar panels, geo-thermal fields, rain gardens, and roundabouts. This community of choice offers low-cost rental housing in a location near employment centers and facing a historic park . Find out how the City of Urbana, the Housing Authority of Champaign County, Brinshore Development, and Homestead Corporation worked to transform a crime–ridden public housing project into an environmentally friendly project that is an asset to the community and sets the bar for successful design and management.
Decatur, IL /Macon County States Attorney
Our interpretation of crime and harm influences our community value systems. In addition, our value systems influence our community based programs which can either be punitive or restorative in nature and practice. This presentation is designed to challenge our punitive ways of thinking about crime and punishment by introducing a restorative justice framework that brings people together to promote community safety. Community members hold the key to assisting other members with adoption of beliefs, values, and decision making that benefits the community as a whole. The Macon County Teen Court is an example of a successful effort spearheaded by youth and public officials to create a community based restorative justice program.
Janet Maupin & Randy Smith
City of Champaign
In 2016, the Champaign Fire Department applied for and was awared a FEMA Fire Protection Grant in order to purchase and install smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms in an identified at-risk neighborhood. This presentation will discuss the positive partnerships in our community that helped with the installation of more than 400 alarms in one installation day. They will share lessons learned and provide a detailed outlook at how they organized a neighborhood canvassing event followed up two weeks later to install the alarms.
City of Champaign
CommUnity Matters is a collaboration of the City of Champaign, the Champaign Park District, Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club, Lifeline Inc, and Champaign Unit 4 Schools to provide age appropriate recreational and educational activities throughout the year for student residents of our target neighborhoods. The initiative consists of four core program areas, including Lifeline Inc Summer Day Camp, Operation Hope, Park District Summer Day Camp and Don Moyer Teen Nights.
Housing Authority of Champaign County
The Housing Authority of Champaign County is one of 39 housing authority nationally that have become “Moving to Work” organizations. This designation has allowed the Housing Authority to revise the ways low income households in need of public housing are served. This presentation will educate attendees about the new direction of public housing and how this new course benefits individuals and communities.
Colonnades Room at Memorial Stadium
1402 South First Street
Chief Illiniwek Ballroom, lower-level
Presentation of RNNC Regional Award Nominees and Winners
21st Century Communities Require 21st Century Leaders
Chief Illiniwek Ballroom
In a thought provoking and engaging talk, entrepreneur, author, TEDx speaker and public servant Denise Barreto will ignite the 2016 RNNC attendees to return to their communities renewed, energized and equipped to drive inclusive change. From 21st century leadership truths to basic storytelling and collaborations tools across many sectors, this keynote address will be a great closing presentation for the conference. Barreto is a highly sought after teacher whose down to earth style and commitment to interactive discourse makes her keynotes come to life for listeners and she sends them away with tangible tips and personal challenges to drive home the content they hear. As a former elected official and current strategic business partner for nonprofits, government and corporate entities, she is a leading voice of 21st century leadership.
Urbana Boneyard & Farmer’s Market
Lunch provided to conference attendees by Champaign & Urbana Neighborhood Groups
Entertainment by Hip Hop Xpress Connection
Entrepreneur, author and TEDx speaker Denise W. Barreto is a leading 21st Century voice on government leadership. With over 20 years of marketing experience across multiple industries, Denise is the founder and managing partner of Relationships Matter Now, LLC, a strategic business consultant firm based outside Chicago. Denise and her firm serves businesses of all sizes, non-profit and government agencies who want to better leverage their relationships to grow their bottom line through strategic planning, HR system infrastructure, organizational and leader development and inclusion and diversity strategy. A top rated speaker at the Forum and other conferences nationwide, Denise is striving to make government relevant again with by positively impacting local policy in government agencies throughout the Midwest.
In addition to her business, she is committed to serving her community. She was elected twice to Board of Trustees for the Village of Lake in the Hills, IL and is serving an appointment to the Illinois Business Enterprise Program Council by former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. She was recently appointed to the Evanston Parks and Recreation board by Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.
Hilton Garden Inn – Champaign (Conference Site)
** BOOKED – RESERVATIONS CLOSED **
1501 S Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820
This modern conference hotel in south Champaign is 1 block from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, a 9-minute walk from Memorial Stadium and 1.3 miles from downtown Champaign.
Sophisticated conference rooms include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and custom-designed beds, along with desks, microwaves, minifridges and Keurig coffeemakers.
A casual American restaurant offers cooked-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner, and there’s a lounge bar and a 24-hour pantry. Other amenities include a fitness center, an indoor pool, a hot tub, and a coin-operated laundry. There’s also a 24-hour business center and 18,000 sq ft of meeting space.
Homewood Suites Champaign-Urbana
** BOOKED – RESERVATIONS CLOSED **
1417 S Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820
Across the street from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, this warm, extended-stay hotel is also 1.3 miles from downtown Champaign.
The traditional rooms, ranging from studios to 1-bedroom suites, offer fully equipped kitchens, separate living areas and pull-out sofas, plus desks, free Wi-Fi and 2 TVs.
Freebies include parking, a grocery shopping service, and hot breakfast, as well as a weeknight social hour with snacks. There’s also an indoor pool, tennis and basketball courts, and an exercise room, as well as a business center, meeting space and a 24/7 convenience store.
Group Code: RNC
1200 W University Ave, Urbana, IL 61801
This modern hotel is a 14-minute walk from the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and a 2.9 mile drive from the Market Place Shopping Center.
Contemporary rooms include free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with HD channels, plus custom-designed beds, desks and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas, pull-out sofas, minifridges and microwaves.
There’s free on-site hot breakfast (daily) and weekday breakfast bags to go, as well as a fitness center and an indoor pool. Additional amenities include a snack shop, a business center and free parking.
Home2 Suites by Hilton-Champaign
Group Code: RNN
2013 S Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820
Discover your home away from home at this all-suite hotel in Champaign, IL. Home2 Suites by Hilton Champaign/Urbana is set at the corner of Neil Street and Devonshire Drive; steps from Starbucks, Wendy’s, Pancheros, County Market and Ace Hardware. We are situated adjacent to the Research Park, and are less than a mile to the University of Illinois.
Settle into your smart and spacious studio or one-bedroom suite. The flexible “Working Wall” – which incorporates the full kitchen, work area and storage – lets you change your space to fit your needs. Relax on the sleeper sofa and log in to your social network with free WiFi, or kick back and watch movies on the 42-inch flat-screen TV. Don’t forget the bowl and leash—Home2™ is your pet’s home too.
Grab late-night snacks, breakfast essentials or anything you might have forgotten at the 24-hour Home2 MKT®. Get your day off to a great start with free breakfast at our Inspired Table™, offering artisan sandwiches, pastries and much more. Make the most of your leisure time at this extended-stay hotel in Champaign, IL. Unwind on the sunny outdoor patio, which features comfy seating, a fire pit and communal cooking grills. Swim in the indoor saline pool, or multitask in our integrated laundry/fitness facility, Spin2Cycle, where you can do some washing while you exercise. Hold an event for up to 50 people in our modern meeting room, and stay productive in the 24-hour business center.
Marriott hotels offering RNNC group rate:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Champaign for 109.00 USD – 119.00 USD per night
1807 Moreland Boulevard Champaign IL 61822
Courtyard Champaign for 119.00 USD per night
1811 Moreland Boulevard Champaign IL 61822
To highlight community assets and innovative initiatives across the Champaign-Urbana micro-urban community and other member cities of the RNNC.
This initiative will connect existing civic engagement efforts to a regional network that will enable local neighborhood leaders to gain and upgrade skills.
To provide a forum for neighborhood leaders, municipal staff, elected officials, community development practitioners, service providers and corporations to gather and learn from each other, encounter best practices and gain valuable insight to effect positive change and transformation in their own communities.
What is RNNC? – The Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC) is a three‐day event hosted by one of 24 Midwestern cities. It’s a place where community leaders, volunteers, corporations, local government agencies, and businesses gather to exchange information with one another in order to gain valuable ideas to take back and help improve or transform their own communities. RNNC features a wide variety of workshops about state of the art approaches to neighborhood improvement, led by experts in urban and neighborhood development. In addition to these informative workshops, RNNC is a great opportunity to network with your peers and enjoy great food and entertainment!
RNNC was formed in 1986 when the City of Louisville invited several major Midwestern cities to gather in Louisville for an exchange of information and ideas about improving neighborhoods and communities. During this first 2-day event, representatives from cities within a 400 mile radius of Louisville gathered to collaborate and share ideas. The concept of establishing a regional organization emerged from this first successful event. It was decided that the organization would have two objectives:
The result was the creation of the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference – RNNC.
The City of Louisville hosted the first two conferences in 1987 and 1988. In addition to government officials, community volunteers, neighborhood leaders, and affiliated organizations from area communities now participate. These organizations see the incredible value of collaborating thru RNNC. At RNNC, participants learn about new ways and current best towards developing strong networks that affect real neighborhood change and improve the quality of life in their communities. Many neighborhood leaders have attended since the very first conference and have established ongoing relationships with their neighborhood counterparts from other cities.
The Regional Neighborhood Network has existed for 30 years representing Midwestern cities of all sizes. There is a Regional Neighborhood Network Steering Committee that operates without bylaws, officers or membership dues. Participation is solely based on the commitment of member cities and come from a variety of governmental structures, philosophies, and political parties. Despite the diversity of the composition, the RNNC has endured through mayoral changes, liaison changes, and fluctuating levels of commitment and participation by the member cities. Though its initial membership started out with only seven cities, there are currently more than 20 member cities representing five states (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Tennessee).
Representatives of the member cities interact face‐to‐face at twice a year at Steering Committee meetings, and the resulting friendships have become long‐standing opportunities for resource sharing through RNNC and other events. All conference collaborations are conducted in a non‐partisan manner. This interaction among the city representatives transcends party politics and is based simply on trust, respect, and the genuine friendships that have evolved.
RNNC Member Cities
Bowling Green, Covington, Louisville*, Lexington*, Owensboro*
Champaign, Urbana, Peoria, Decatur
Memphis, Knox County*
Indianapolis, Richmond, South Bend, Evansville, Terre Haute, Ft. Wayne, Muncie*
Cincinnati, Columbus, Lima, Springfield, Dayton, Toledo
Past RNNC Conference Host Cities
1991—Fort Wayne, IN
1992— Indianapolis, IN
1995—Fort Wayne, IN & Lima, OH
1999—Dayton, OH “Neighborhoods On the Move”
2000—Louisville, KY “Bridging the Generations into the 21 Century”
2001—Peoria, IL “Celebrating Success and Diversity”
2002—Fort Wayne, IN “Revitalizing Neighborhoods… Networking Communities”
2003—Evansville, IN “Encouraging the Next Generation”
2004—Columbus, OH “Doing Good in the Neighborhood”
2005—Muncie, IN “Empowering America’s Hometown Neighborhoods”
2006—Bowling Green, KY “Catch the Neighborhood Spirit”
2007—Louisville, KY “Racing to the Winner’s Circle”
2008—Lima, OH “We Know Neighborhoods”
2009—Decatur, IL “Hats off to Neighborhoods”
2010—Dayton, OH “Reinventing Neighborhoods”
2011—Cincinnati, OH & Covington, KY
2012—Fort Wayne, IN “Neighborhoods: The fabric of strong communities”
2013—Peoria, IL “Driving Positive Change in Our Neighborhoods”
2014—Richmond, IN “Connect. Engage. Inspire.”
2015—Bowling Green, KY “Neighbors Geared to Lead”
2016—Champaign-Urbana, IL “Making Our Neighborhoods Stronger”
|Hilton Garden Inn |
Location of 2016 Regional Neighborhood Network Conference
1501 S Neil St, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
|University of Illinois Willard Airport |
Willard Airport (Terminal), Tolono Township, IL 61874, USA
|Parkland College |
W Bradley Ave, Champaign, IL, USA
|University of Illinois |
W University Ave & N State St, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
|Carle Foundation Hospital |
W Park St, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
|Presence Covenant Medical Center |
W Park St, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
|State Farm Center |
S 1st St, Champaign, IL, USA
|Illinois Terminal CUMTD |
Champaign-Urbana Amtrak, 45 E University Ave, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
|Memorial Stadium |
S 1st St, Champaign, IL, USA
|Champaign Public Library |
W Green St, Champaign, IL, USA
|Krannert Center for the Performing Arts |
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
|Champaign County Historical Museum |
Champaign County Historical Museum, 102 E University Ave, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
|William M. Staerkel Planetarium |
2400 W Bradley Ave, Champaign, IL 61821, USA
|I HOTEL |
1900 S 1st St, Champaign, IL 61820, USA