February 27, 2017

NEW YORK, N.Y.— The National Development Council (NDC) has opened its call for community development project submissions for the NDC Academy 2017. Over 200 projects from across the country are expected to be entered in four categories: creative financing, job creation, housing development, and community development.

The NDC Academy 2017 Awards will recognize and celebrate our nation’s most dedicated and innovative community development professionals and their work through peer-selected voting on the submitted projects.  Projects submissions will be accepted until April 21, 2017. There is no fee to submit your project.

The theme of NDC Academy 2017 is Rethinking How We Invest: Homes, Jobs and Communities in 2017 and Beyond. This year’s Academy will focus on how economic development and community development finance professionals can work with the new Administration to further their community’s goals. More than ever, our community and investment partners need the opportunity to meet with one another and to interact with federal policy-makers. By October, the new administration will be in place, and Congress will have passed a budget providing insight into the priorities of our government’s new leadership. The Academy will share valuable insight into the new Administration and give leaders new tools to strengthen their communities.

Nearly 500 community development practitioners attended NDC Academy 2015 from over 46 states, Washington, D.C and Puerto Rico. We plan to grow participation to more than 500 community representatives in 2017. Our participants represent a broad range of professionals including non-profit community development organizations, housing authorities, city, federal and state government agency staff, and development partners from the philanthropic, banking, legal, and accounting industries.

Learn more about the NDC Academy 2017 at NDCACADEMY.ORG.