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From the Tallahassee Democrat: Explore South City Revitalization Ideas

April 24, 2017 - by Ellen Piekalkiewicz

On May 10, United Partners for Human Services is holding its 18th Annual Conference at Tallahassee Community College. UPHS presents this conference each year as a way to provide a high-quality professional development experience for the human service professionals, however, this year the conference features two workshops that have a broader community appeal and impact.

The closing conference plenary at 3 p.m. will feature a presentation by Ray Kuniansky, Columbia Residential, LLC where attendees will participate in an interactive session that will serve as an introduction to the current plans by the Tallahassee Housing Authority to revitalize public housing in South City and how Columbia Residential will proceed with a community engagement model used in Atlanta, New Orleans, among other cities. This year, Columbia Residential, LLC celebrates 25 years of strengthening communities through providing quality housing and partnering with essential service providers.

Neighborhood revitalization is the way of the future. For families to succeed, sometimes the dynamics of their neighborhood have to change. The Neighborhood Revitalization that will be proceeding in South City will be a holistic approach that expands upon existing partnerships with residents, neighborhood associations, community leaders, government and school leaders; volunteers; and the private sector for increased impact.

This transformation has taken place thanks to the hard work of engaged citizens, partnerships with civic and business groups, and a renewed community spirit. We invite the Tallahassee community to attend this important plenary session. For additional information and to register (fee $20) please go to the UPHS website: www.uphsfl.org

The second session of broad community application, and which also is very timely for the community at large, is a workshop on disaster and emergency planning offered at 1:30 p.m. featuring: Jerome Gaines, Tallahassee Fire Chief; Jeri Bush, Director Volunteer Leon, Leon County; Matt Cavell, Assistant to the County Administrator for Community Relations and Resilience, Leon County; Kevin Peters, Emergency Management Director for Leon County; Chris Smith, Commercial Risk Manager, Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance; Joy Watkins, President and CEO, Community Foundation of North Florida.

The workshop will provide practical steps that organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, need to take to prepare. Yes, Hurricane Hermine is fresh on everyone’s mind; however, ‘Disaster’ goes well beyond fire, flood, and storms. Manmade disasters like theft, data breaches, system failures, and loss of crucial company data are often more tangible threats. If you were to go into your business tomorrow and everything was gone, what would you do? What would you need to focus on first to get back to serving clients? The answer to this question provides the blueprint for how organizations should prepare for disaster recovery.

This workshop features experts in disaster preparedness and those who have firsthand experience dealing with catastrophes. Learn the critical steps you can take to ensure that your organization survives the next small or large emergency situation, and gain the tools to be resilient, resourceful, and able to overcome. For additional information and to register (fee $20) please go to the UPHS website: www.uphsfl.org

UPHS extends special thanks to all the sponsors, partners, presenters and volunteers who are making our 2017 conference possible. We particularly want to recognize our Conference Nonprofit Hero, James Moore & Company whose commitment to the nonprofit network is unparalleled.

Other sponsors include: Prime Meridian Bank, Columbia Residential, LLC, Flying Bear, Moore Communications Groups, Inspired Technologies, Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance, Naumann Group; Sanders, Holloway & Ryan; Krizner Group, Strategic Benefits Group; CareerSource, For the Table Hospitality, Tallahassee Community College, Leon County and the City of Tallahassee. Their sustained support for the human service nonprofit sector helps us to reshape tomorrow.

Originally appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat

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