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 Fort Wayne, Ind. – Registration is now open for the free 2023 Inspire Neighborhood Conference. The event aims to energize and equip Fort Wayne’s neighborhood residents and leaders. The conference is hosted by the City of Fort Wayne’s Neighborhood Planning and Activation Workgroup and is set for September 14from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Electric Works, 1690 Broadway.


The conference will feature keynote speaker Bree Jones, founder and owner of Parity Homes. Jones will detail how she used the simple power of social capital to tackle hyper-vacancy in one of West Baltimore’s most distressed neighborhoods. She has built a groundswell of galvanized neighbors, new and old, who are purchasing formerly abandoned homes alongside one another in the spirit of community building and wealth building. Attendees will leave with actionable insights into building movements for systems change, using storytelling to urge stakeholders with a shared vision, and building ecosystems to confront systemic barriers.

In addition to hearing from Jones, attendees will have the chance to participate in an awards dinner for neighborhood association leaders, breakout sessions with local speakers, and informational booths.

Anyone interested in the event should visit www.inspirefortwayne.com for more information and to register. Attendance is limited to the first 100 people.

The sponsors for the event are AARP Indiana, Old National Bank, Premier Bank, and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Fort Wayne’s Neighborhood Planning and Activation Workgroup (NPAW) is committed to ensuring residents, neighborhood groups, and community leaders work alongside the City of Fort Wayne’s Community Development Division to create and support strong and vibrant neighborhoods.