WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - December 05, 2016) - A $4 million boost is coming to the Washington, DC economy when more than 2,000 community-development professionals from around the country convene in the city for the NeighborWorks Training Institute (NTI) Dec. 12-16. The week-long event is hosted by NeighborWorks America, a national, congressionally chartered nonprofit that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

Included in the many courses and workshops at the NeighborWorks Training Institute is a Dec. 14 symposium focusing on "Creating Economic Opportunity: Sharing Strategies (ML925). This is the fourth in a year-long, four-part series, Creating Economic Opportunity.

"NeighborWorks Training Institutes offer community-development professionals the knowledge to go back and create vibrant communities," said Paul Weech, chief executive officer of NeighborWorks America. "The Training Institutes also allow for collaboration and sharing best practices."

Among the confirmed speakers at the symposium are David Simon, journalist, author and television producer; Dr. Matthew Desmond, bestselling author of "Evicted"; Dr. Arthur C. Brooks, president, American Enterprise Institute (AEI); Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO, PolicyLink; and behavioral economist Dr. Eldar Shafir, co-author of the bestselling book "Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much."

During the training institute, NeighborWorks America will release its new book "NeighborWorks Works: Practical Solutions from America's Community Development Network," which highlights new ideas in cross-sector collaboration, community engagement, community revitalization, outcome measurement and more.

The NeighborWorks Training Institute in Washington, DC is supported by a variety of partners, including JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, Bank of America, HUD, Citi and Citi Foundation, Bank of the West, BB&T, Capital One, E*TRADE and Fifth Third Bank.

In addition to the training institute, NeighborWorks organizations work every day to serve Washington, DC and the region. In fiscal year 2015, NeighborWorks organizations in the metropolitan Washington, DC area generated more than $281 million in total direct investment, served more than 17,400 individuals and families, and created and maintained nearly 1,600 jobs. To read more about NeighborWorks organizations' impact, view the NeighborWorks America interactive map.

For more information about NeighborWorks America, visit NeighborWorks.org.

About NeighborWorks America
For more than 35 years, NeighborWorks America, a national, nonpartisan nonprofit, has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $27.2 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation's leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

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