IForums Offer Ideas, Inspiration & Innovation

 

Wendy Kohn is Marketing and Development Director at the Partnership for Strong Communities

Have you ever wondered what the “I” in the Partnership’s “IForum” series stands for? No, it’s not a new product dreamed up by Apple, it’s actually an annual series hosted by the Partnership for Strong Communities offering inspiring conversation about ideas and innovative solutions to pressing problems related to housing in our communities. 

The IForum topics focus on innovative solutions to pressing public policy issues that are connected to the Partnership’s mission to prevent and end homelessness, expand affordable housing, and strengthen communities in our state. The series provides opportunities for all stakeholders concerned with building stronger communities to share their wisdom and experiences to help shape policy solutions. Over the years, a loyal and growing following of policymakers, business leaders, academicians, educators and advocates have come from every region of the state to explore issues and advance the conversation on important policy problems.  

The IForum series is public conversation at its best, a set of free events where people from all walks of life come together and listen to a speaker or a panel or perhaps view a video, and then engage in discussion with policymakers, scholars, community members and neighbors with an eye toward enhancing Connecticut as a place where people want to live, work and raise a family. IForums might also include small group discussions, audience response or other formats, with the goal being to connect partners across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to develop real-world solutions that can be implemented in our state.

We have an exciting series lined up for 2016! Topics include the demographic and economic upheaval that is fundamentally altering housing patterns in Connecticut, the threat of wealth disparity in the nation’s richest state, cutting-edge methods to finance solutions for homelessness, the path forward for ending homelessness among families, the ways that mass transit and housing can enhance economic growth, and more. 

The IForum series is held at our Hartford home, the historic Lyceum Resource and Conference Center near the state Capitol in the Frog Hollow neighborhood. We offer a light breakfast catered by our sister organization, Billings Forge Community Works, with an opportunity for informal conversation prior to the more formal main presentation and discussion. 

Gov. Malloy will launch the 2016 IForum series on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. More details on dates/times and topics can be found at www.pschousing.org/2016-iforums.

Happy holidays, and I hope to see you at one or more IForum events in the coming year! 

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