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2017 IACAA Annual Conference

Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies

Charting the Course

May 7-10 in Springfield, IL

Conference Brochure


This year's theme is "Charting the Course."  The theme moves forward with relevant and timely topics to present to our audience on Community Action's constantly evolving landscape.  Community Action is working harder than ever to establish more opportunities to help individuals establish self-sufficiency. However, there are still formidable challenges to navigate.

Featured Events

  • Families of Distinction Banquet
  • Opening Session featuring U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
  • Lunch with David Bradley, NCAF
  • Plenary Session: Critical Conversations About the Political Landscape
  • Awards Luncheon
  • Plenary Session with Dr. Philp Anderson on the leader’s role in effecting change during uncertain times

Training Sessions

Six tracks are being offered – see conference brochure for track/workshop descriptions and presenters.

ROMA Next Generation

  • ROMA Next Generation 101 (two-part session)
  • Implementing ROMA at Your Agency (two-part session)
  • Effective Use of Community Needs Assessment
  • Understanding the Organizational Standards (IM 138)

Examining Poverty

  • Cultural Competence Basics
  • What are Unconscious Biases?
  • Poverty and Trauma (two-part session)
  • Narrative Change and Racial Transformation: Opportunities for Community Transformation (two-part session)

Advocacy and Public Policy

  • Advocacy in Action
  • Federal and State Threats to Critical Public Benefit Programs: Medicaid, ACA, SNAP and the Illinois State Budget
  • Lobbying, Advocacy, and Political Activity: Playing by the Rules (two-part session)
  • Strategic Engagement in Advocacy: Opportunities and Resources
  • Advocacy Strategy: Power Mapping and Building Legislative Champions

Professional Development

  • Effective Leadership
  • Understanding GATA
  • Reducing Expenses: The Top 10 Misconceptions Holding You Back and the Top 10 Best Practices to Move You Forward
  • Fraud Detection
  • Retirement Basics
  • HR 101: HR Practices Every Business Should Have in Place

Energy (LIHEAP/PIPP, Weatherization)


  • Effective Communication and Community Outreach: Telling the LIHEAP Story
  • Updates on Part 280 Procedures of ICC Rules
  • North and South Utilities Roundtables
  • Informational LIHEAP Roundtable Discussion


  • HVAC Performance Testing
  • Weatherization Panel from Other States
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certifications: Quality Control Inspector, Energy Auditor, and Healthy Home Evaluator
  • Energy Impact Evaluation: How Much Are We Saving and Where?
  • Mechanical Systems: Meet the Expert

Affordable Housing Institute

  • Take it to the Bank! Accessing Community Revitalization Funds
  • Leveraging the FHLB Affordable Housing Program (AHP) with Weatherization Dollars: Maximizing Benefits to Homebuyers
  • Develop your capacity to structure financially feasible affordable housing projects while generating unrestricted resources for your agency!
  • Learn about the details of HUD’s newly published Final Rule for Housing Counseling Certification

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