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Monday, October 9 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Utilizing a Civic Action Plan to Improve the Welfare of a Neighborhood (60 mins)

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Addressing the needs of a central city neighborhood with 19% of the residents living in poverty and substandard housing is a daunting task. Through the civic action planning model developed by Campus Compact the Ogden Civic Action Network has come together to take on this challenge. This place-based, anchor-ally-resident approach has three areas of focus: health, education and housing. The creative use of an existing foundation and the organizational structure will be described. The many challenges and opportunities with such an effort will be shared by the leaders of the three implementation teams, all of whom are participating as panelists.

The moderator of the session will ask the following questions of the panelists:
1. What is your involvement in the Ogden Civic Action Network (OgdenCAN) and why have you chosen to play a leadership role within it?
2. Why does your organization participate in the network and what role does in play in bringing the civic action plan to fruition?
3. What challenges and opportunities have you and your team identified in developing and implementing the civic action plan?
4. If you had to name one key element contributing to the success of the civic action plan, what would that be and why?
5. What advice do you have for cities, organizations and institutions of higher education interested in producing a civic action plan collaboratively?
6. How will you know if the plan succeeds?

The moderator will leave time for the audience to also ask questions of the panelists.


Brian Bennion

Health Officer, Weber-Morgan Health Department
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Angela Choberka

Director, Ogden United Promise Neighborhood, United Way of Northern Utah

Bill Cook

Executive Director, Ogden Civic Action Network, Weber State University
As the Executive Director for the Office of Community Development, Bill is leading the Ogden Civic Action Network initiative. The focus of the Network is to address the 30% poverty that exists in the East Central Neighborhood of Ogden. Even more challenging is the fact that 70... Read More →

Melissa Yack Hall

Executive Director, Weber State University
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Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski

Associate Provost, Weber State University
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Gear Up

Supervisor of Equity & Access, Ogden School District
Carrie Maxson is a district administrator working with grants, afterschool programs, community partners, college and career readiness and the arts. She has 24 years experience at Ogden School District with a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an Administrative Endorsement... Read More →

Monday October 9, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
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