Monday, October 4, 2010

Invitation & Update on Oct 29 NCDD Northern CA event at De Anza College

We're glad to pass on this announcement from an email sent by Sandy Heierbacher of NCDD:

I hope all of you in Northern California are planning to join us for the NCDD regional event on Friday, October 29th at De Anza College in Cupertino! Please register for "Making Tough Decisions Together" soon at so we know you're coming.

This is quite the community effort, with numerous local organizations sponsoring (listed below) and the following regional leaders involved in guiding the planning process and leading learning sessions at the event:
- Dave Knapp, City Manager of Cupertino, CA
- Ed Everett, City Manager of Redwood City, CA
- Pete Petersen, Executive Director, Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership/Common Sense California
- Terry Amsler, Program Director, Collaborative Governance Initiative
- Daniel Homsey, Director, Neighborhood Empowerment Network

These leaders have been actively involved in making sure this event addresses the real-world issues you face in your communities. ;You'll be able to interact with them in a hands-on workshop environment to learn successful ways to engage and mobilize people around difficult issues.

Making Tough Decisions Together is co-hosted by The Institute for Community and Civic Engagement (ICCE) and the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD).

This conference will bring together elected officials, local government managers and staff, community leaders, students and public engagement practitioners from across Northern California for a day-long conference and workshop to explore practical and innovative strategies for working together to make the tough choices communities face today.

The day is designed to be highly interactive, focusing on best practices in public engagement and community building taking place in various communities in Northern California, and it's a good value—registration is just $85 ($70 for NCDD members, $42 for students). Lunch is included.

Download the event flyer at, or visit;for more info on the event, our sponsors, and our amazing planning team.

Registration is live at

Hope you can join us! Feel free to email me with questions. And please forward this invitation to your colleagues in Northern California to help us spread the word!

Sandy Heierbacher
Director, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)
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