Friday, October 21, 2005

Empowering Our Communities 

Technology For All
Presents the
Fourth Annual Community Technology Conference
Community Technology Awards Presentation
It was confirmed today that Laura Breedon will speak at TFA's "Empowering Our Communities" Conference. Laura Breeden is the director of the America Connects Consortium (ACC), based at Education Development Center, Inc. in Newton, MA. ACC was established by the U.S. Department of Education in 2000 to strengthen community technology centers across the nation, by providing training, information, tools, and other resources that build organizational effectiveness. From 1996 to 2000, Ms. Breeden was an independent consultant focusing on Internet strategies and organizational development, based in Menlo Park, California. Her clients included SRI International (Menlo Park), the Morino Institute (Reston, VA), the James Irvine Foundation (San Francisco), and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), as well as other leading institutions that study, develop, and promote the use of network technologies. From 1994 to 1996, Ms. Breeden was director of a highly competitive, multi-million dollar federal grant program (now known as TOP) designed to demonstrate the benefits of the "information superhighway" in the public sector. Under her leadership, more than 200 organizations received a total of $60 million for innovative community projects, through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ms. Breeden also spent eight years in industry, developing Internet services for educational and research organizations. Born in Kentucky, she is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Several other workshops focused on community empowerment, including empowering the new Katrina evacuee community, will be a feature of the conference in Houston, Friday, November 4, 2005. A unique panel discussion with Katrina evacuees and volunteers who spent 19 days working with evacuees at the Astrodome and Reliant City will be a feature of the conference as we also discuss "Community Technology 2.0" and our next steps in serving both existing CTC constituents and the 150,000+ new residents in Houston from Louisiana. Don't miss an opportunity to meet other community technology leaders and resource providers! At this exclusive event, gain new tools and resources to learn how you can work together to accomplish your mutual goals for the community! Also, celebrate together over lunch with community leaders recognized with awards for their leadership and vision in serving the community. Don't miss the opportunity for enrichment!
Friday, November 4, 2005
United Way Community Resource Center
50 Waugh DriveHouston, TX 77007
9 AM to 4 PM ~ check-in at 8:30 AM
Registration Levels
-$10 Students
$20 Nonprofits and community technology centers
$30 All others
$40 at the door on the day of the event
Click here to register NOW!or call Pam Gardner, 713.454.6415.
For more information
Also FEATURING... Art McGee, NASA Resources, Digital Media for Youth, Security needs for CTCs, Awards, Door Prizesand other tools to serve your community including our new neighbors from Louisiana!

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