See Our 2017 Speakers:
Keynote Speaker: Peter Kageyama
Peter Kageyama is the author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow-up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places.
Planetizen recognized For the Love of Cities as a Top 10 Book in 2012 in community planning, design, and development. He is the former President of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization and the co-founder of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary conference that brings citizens and practitioners together around the big idea of ‘the place.’
Peter is a Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Innovation, a national network of leaders that is dedicated to improving the practice of local government. Since speaking to them in 2013, Peter has become a special advisor to America In Bloom. He is an internationally sought-after community development consultant and grassroots engagement strategist who speaks all over the world about bottom-up community development and the amazing people who are making change happen.
Keynote Speaker: Deb Nelson
Deb Nelson is founder and president of DLN Consulting Inc.
She graduated with a degree in secondary education and taught high school for several years. Nelson left education to work in the nonprofit sector in 1982.
In 1998 she turned her experience as an educator and a community coordinator into a business that trains community coalitions, nonprofit organizations and government agencies in the areas of strategic planning, grant management, program evaluation, and community assessment.
Nelson has served as a lecturer and presenter at various national, state, and local conferences. She has also served as the principal administrator for several research-based studies for local, state and federal agencies. She is an avid student and educator of rural culture.
Nelson’s business, DLN Consulting, Inc., is contracted as the administrator/facilitator for the Vision West ND Consortium serving a 19-county area in western North Dakota. She and her husband Ken live in Dickinson, ND and they have two adult sons.
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