Registration is now open for the 2017 Congress of Neighborhoods, happening Saturday September 9th! Read on to learn how to register, and to download a press release you can use to share NC Congress news with your board and committee members, and media contacts.

Over 800 attendees are expected at this year’s Congress, which happens Saturday, September 9th. The theme this year is “Celebrating Our Diversity” – a theme that is particularly appropriate for this gathering, as the Neighborhood Council system was created 15 years ago to help make government more responsive to the local needs of LA’s diverse communities.

The NC Congress features 40 workshops, as well as exhibits and representatives from every City department. Workshops cover necessary skills like land use and outreach, as well as current urgent issues like homelessness. Previous years’ opening and closing ceremonies have included leading City officials, members of the City Council, and the Mayor himself.

Attendance at the Congress – including classes, breakfast and lunch, and parking at City Hall – is free of charge to any Neighborhood Council board or committee member who registers in advance. Registration is required, and is open now at http://NCCongressLA.com. Early sign-up is encouraged, as space in some classes is limited.

Breakfast and lunch this year will be catered by Hugo’s, a small local restaurant chain serving what they call “stealthy healthy” California cuisine that accommodates a variety of tastes and dietary needs.

The event runs from 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM, but you may attend as much or as little of the Congress as you are able. The day begins with breakfast on the patio overlooking Grand Park before the opening ceremonies start, where attendees are welcomed by City officials. Workshops are taught in four sessions throughout the day. View the full event schedule here.

Share the News

Visit the NC Congress Media page to download the press release and web flyer for this year’s event. You can also share this great promo video by North Hollywood West Neighborhood Council member Freddy Cupen-Ames:

NC Congress 2017 video by Freddy Cupen-Ames, North Hollywood West Neighborhood Council

NC Congress 2017 video by Freddy Cupen-Ames, North Hollywood West Neighborhood Council

Accessibility

The Congress of Neighborhoods is committed to being accessible to everyone. Please write us at NCCongress@EmpowerLA.org, if you need special accommodations or translation.

Sponsor & Volunteer at the Congress

This event is put on by and for Neighborhood Councils. Please consider sponsoring the Congress. Your board will be recognized during the event, on the NCCongressLA.com  website, and on the NC Congress social media. Click here for more info, including a copy and paste sponsorship item for your agenda.

Volunteers are also needed to help set up the day before the event, and on event day. Learn more and sign up here.

In Memoriam

Every year, the NC Congress pays tribute to Neighborhood Council leaders who have recently passed away. Memorials appear in the printed program, on the NC Congress website, and in a special display at the event on September 9th.

If you know of a Neighborhood Council leader who has passed during the past 12 months, please send their name, a photo, and a brief bio (50 words max) to NCCongress@EmpowerLA.org. Submissions should be received by 5 pm on Friday, August 25th, to ensure inclusion in this year’s event.

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Contact: NCCongress@EmpowerLA.org

Website: http://NCCongressLA.org

Download a Congress flyer for web/email/social media: click here

Download the Congress press release: click here

Volunteers & Sponsorship: learn more here