Jacksonville: September 16-18, 2004

8th_2004The 8th annual Florida Neighborhoods Conference was hosted by the City of Jacksonville. The conference theme was Building Super Neighborhoods in honor of the Super Bowl coming to Jacksonville in 2005. There were 1,046 neighborhood leaders and volunteers and government representatives from throughout Florida that participated in the two-day conference. The opening breakfast and two keynote speakers, Florida Secretary of State Glenda E. Hood, and John L. McKnight, co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University and author of building Neighborhoods from the inside Out A Path Towards Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets.

There were five workshops tracks and one professional development track conducted, covering topics such as How to Identify and Mobilize the Assets in Your Neighborhood, Homeowners Association Law, Visual Blight, Building Beautiful Neighborhoods -Beyond Just Plants, Winning the Challenges of Problem Properties, Building Culturally Inclusive Neighborhoods, Youth as Part of the Solution for Neighborhoods, Preventing the Leadership Void, and Sustaining the Association Membership. There were 17 neighborhood tours, hosted by various neighborhood and homeowner associations in conjunction with the City of Jacksonville and neighboring cities of Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, and St. Augustine.

The 2004 conference would not have been possible without the support of these sponsors: AA&D,Inc; Bank of America; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Board of County Commissioners-Polk Co.; Board of County Commissioners-Sarasota Co.; Broward County, Brylen Homes,Inc; City of Lakeland; City of Pensacola; Home Depot; Jaxport; North Florida Sales (Budweiser); Prudential Financial Services; Southwest Airlines; SRG Homes & Neighborhoods; State Farm; Sweetwater & Concerned Citizens Comm. Assoc.; Tourist Development Council; University of North Florida; Vestcor Development Corp, Inc.; Wal-Mart; JTA, The Tourist Development Council; City of Tampa; Miami-Dade County; Hillsborough County; Century Bank; City of Hollywood; City of Pensacola; Comerica Bank; Florida Power and Light; Manatee County; Polk County Government; ReMax Excellence Realty; Sarasota Herald Tribune; Sunset Chevrolet; Windemueller Technical Services and the City of Jacksonville.