Keynote Speaker

 

 

The Neighborhood Summit Steering Committee combed the city, state and country to identify top notch keynote speakers that both informed and inspired attendees at the 2016 Neighborhood Summit. The 2016 Neighborhood Summit keynote speakers were:

 

Luncheon Keynote

Jason Roberts

 

Jason is the founder of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, founder of the original Better Block Project, co-founder of Art Conspiracy and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, and former candidate for US Congress. In 2006, Jason formed the non-profit organization Oak Cliff Transit Authority to revive the Dallas streetcar system, and later spearheaded the city’s effort in garnering a $23 Million dollar TIGER stimulus grant from the FTA to help reintroduce a modern streetcar system to Dallas. In 2010, Jason organized a series of “Better Block” projects, taking blighted blocks with vacant properties in Southern Dallas and converting them into temporary walkable districts with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, cafe seating, and landscaping. The project has now become an international movement and has been featured in the New York Times, Dwell magazine, TED Talks and on NPR. Team Better Block was showcased in the US Pavillion at the 2012 Venice Biennale.

 

AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • White House Champion of Change Award for Transportation Innovation

  • American Society of Landscape Architects,

  • Honor Award for Communications 2011,

  • Venice Biennale 13th Annual International Architecture Exhibition,

  • Texas Bicycle Coalition Advocate of the Year 2012

Morning Keynote

Attica Scott

 

Attica Scott is a Community Coach with County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) which is a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute where she serves on the CHR&R Health Equity Work Group. Attica served as the District 1 representative to Louisville Metro Council from 2011-2014 and served as Chair of the Ad Hoc Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund Committee and Vice Chair of the Ad Hoc Vacant Properties Committee. She was a member of the Labor & Economic Development Committee, Public Safety Committee and Sustainability Committee. 

 

Attica provides leadership to a number of non-profit Board of Directors including Seven Counties Services, Building Hope Kentucky, La Casita Center, Kling Center, Looking for Lilith Theatre Company, Shively Area Ministries, the Women’s Network Commonwealth Institute for Policy Issues and Civic Engagement Board of Fellows and New Directions Housing Corporation. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Knoxville College (a historically Black college) and a graduate degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee. Attica is a certified anti-racism trainer through Crossroads Ministry and the Commission on Religion in Appalachia.

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