The NACEDA Summit is the place for community development association professionals and their partners to connect, share strategies, and strengthen their skills. Be a part of NACEDA's 10th Anniversary Summit & Celebration that begins September 12, 2018 at 12 pm and ends September 14, 2018 at 2 pm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. REGISTER NOW for this dynamic peer-learning event. 

Keynote Speaker

Michael McAfee is NACEDA's 10th Anniversary Summit Keynote SpeakerDr. Michael McAfee, president of PolicyLink, will be the Keynote Speaker at our 10th Anniversary Summit & Celebration. As PolicyLink President, Dr. McAfee oversees strategy development, the alignment of PolicyLink assets, and the achievement of policy wins that ensure all people in America have economic security, live in healthy communities of opportunity, and benefit from a just society. At the NACEDA Summit, you'll have the opportunity to engage with Dr. McAfee about strategies for building an equitable nation from the ground up.


View the agenda to explore sessions specially designed for community development association professionals and their partners. Come, learn what's working to advance prosperity in lower-income communities around the country. Find out about state and regional strategies that you can adapt and transform back home. Note: Sessions and speakers are confirmed, but some timing may change.


Summit speakers will share their success and challenges on advancing policy initiatives, partnering with health providers, using arts and culture to engage communities, and developing effective networks. You'll strengthen your network of peers across the country who are working at the state and regional levels to advance prosperity in lower-income places.


*   Federal, State & Local Policy - Find out about policies impacting the community development and examine how NACEDA members advance policies that promote prosperity in lower-income communities. 
*   Thriving NetworksEngage in with peers from around the country in professional development sessions. Find out about how networks are increasing the capacity of place-based nonprofits and developing partnerships to advance prosperity in lower-income communities.
*   Healthy Places - Learn about policies, practices, and partnerships that improve the social determinants of health in the communities we serve.
*   Creative Places - Explore how arts and culture can engage communities and create more vibrant and equitable places where people live, work, and play.

Venue & Hotel Discount

The summit will be held at the Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square, located at 1800 Market Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Reserve your room at the Sonesta  for the discounted rate of $169 per night. Our discounted room block has almost sold out; only a few rooms are available at the discounted rate.

Registration Rate

Registration for the full 3-day summit registration costs $325. 1-day registration costs $175. Special discounts apply for NACEDA voting members.

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Sponsor the Summit

NACEDA's Annual Summit creates a stronger, more unified community development field. Each year, the event achieves these outcomes:

  • Showcases local community development solutions to poverty, disinvestment and inequality;
  • Facilitates peer-learning, sharing and relationship-building that builds thriving networks among NACEDA’s members;
  • Strengthens community development networks so that they can increase capacity of community development placemakers in their states and regions to advance prosperity;
  • Prepares community developers to develop health and arts partnerships that improve the health and vitality of low-income places.  

Support our thriving network by sponsoring the 10th Anniversary Summit & Celebration! View the [email protected] brochure.

Sponsorship Levels

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