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2016 IACAA Annual Conference

Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies

Resilient & Resolute

May 1-3, 2016 in Springfield, IL

Conference Brochure


This year's theme is "Resilient and Resolute."  The theme depicts the great adversity our network has overcome while building stronger communities and creating more opportunities for the most vulnerable families and individuals throughout our state.  We will be taking an in-depth look at the impact this past year has had on our network given the political challenges faced and evaluating how we can continue to build resiliency to withstand the challenges of the future.

Families of Distinction Banquet

Celebrating and recognizing the resiliency of the individuals and families served by Community Action Agencies throughout Illinois. This year’s event will feature an inspiring  short documentary of three families who have made it out poverty with the help of Community Action.

Plenary Sessions

Opening Session - Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Bud- get Accountability

Town Hall Meeting on Lessons of Resilience - Dr. Philip Anderson, BKD Consulting
We will explore our recent experience with the ongoing Illinois state budget impasse and how the Community Action Network in Illinois cn build on this experience from a position of strength. How can we learn from our experience and fortify ourselves for the future? This town hall meeting will set the stage for what we will need to focus on collectively as a network.

IACAA Awards Luncheon

Our resiliency and resoluteness over the years has been due to the tireless efforts of those who support our work and mission of combating poverty throughout our communities.  We rely on these volunteers, visionaries, leaders and legislators to be impactful in our work. We will be recognizing extraordinary individuals who have stood up for the downtrodden and supported our collective work.

Conference Workshop Tracks

Conference tracts will focus on:
  • Collective Impact
  • Affordable Housing Development
  • Executive Leadership
Collective Impact
  • Excellence by Design: Lessons About Collective Impact - Jack Hess, The Institute for Coalition Building
  • Building Collective Capacity: The Practice of Community Collaboration - Jack Hess, The Institute for Coalition Building
  • Change is happening everyday, so why is it so hard to change an organization, model or practice? - Katrina Schroeder, United Way
  • Do you feel like you are constantly putting out fires? Always dealing with the right now rather than the what’s next?- Katrina Schroeder, United Way

Affordable Housing Development

  • Generating Substantial $$$ for Your Agency through Affordable Housing Development-An Overview of the Process - Karen Garritson, National Development Council
  • Addressing the Misconceptions, Fears and Realities of Affordable Housing Development- The Risks and Benefits Involved - Virginia Pace, Lightengale Group; Warren Wenzloff, Applegate and Thorne-Thomsen
  • Financing Fundamentals: What are Some Key Sources of Project Financing? - Andy  DeCoux,  Illinois Housing Development Authority; Tim Klont, Federal Home Loan Bank; Tom Henderson, Illinois Tax Increment Association; David Noble, Midland States Bank; Eric Forguson, Midland States Bank
  • Putting the Pieces Together: How ICADC Can Help! - Niccole Clements, Illinois Community Action Development Corporation; Gail Hedges, DCEO; Dan Little, MCS Community Services; Fred Whitman, East Central Illinois Community Action Agency

Executive Leadership

  • Not-For-Profit Risk and Effective Governance Policies and Practices (Parts I & II) - Richard Lynch and Lauren Groff, Sikich
  • Community Action Leadership Training Phase II: Training on Funding, Advocacy and Board/Staff Relations - Philip Anderson, BKD Consulting,  LLC

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