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Citywide Conference Addresses Safe Neighborhoods, Citizen Engagement

Contact: Geri Watts, 2013 WIN NU Co-chair, 316-838-1108, Kay Johnson, 2013 WIN NU Co-chair, 316-641-2821 |
Wichita Independent Neighborhoods (WIN) has chosen “Safe and Secure Neighborhoods” as the theme for its 11th annual WIN Neighborhood University (NU) conference. This year’s event will take place on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wichita Fire Department’s regional training facility, 4780 E. 31st South. Neighborhood association members and citizens interested in maintaining and improving Wichita neighborhoods are encouraged to attend.
“This year’s conference is for everyone who wants to make their neighborhood and our community a better, safer place to live,” said Geri Watts, 2013 WIN NU co-chairwoman. “We have a great lineup of speakers and topics, including organizing neighborhood associations, gun safety, code enforcement, animal control, neighborhood redevelopment, hoarding,  walk/run and bike paths, environmental issues, and CPR and fire extinguisher training.  There will also be opportunities to interact with local elected officials and department staff from the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County.
Participants may enter drawings for home first aid kits, flash lights and other giveaways.  There will be   opportunities to visit information booths and network with others who want to improve their neighborhood. 
The luncheon keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Glaser, professor at Wichita State University’s Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs, who will present ”Strengthening Connections between Wichita Neighborhoods and Community Well-Being”. He will also discuss the results of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Community Investments Plan community survey. 
Registration for the conference is $15, which includes lunch and refreshments. To register online or for information about the speakers, agenda, and vendor booth space, go to, email, or call 316-260-8000.
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