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April 27th, 2009
Next American City Announces Inaugural ‘Next American Vanguard’ Conference

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Next American City announces the launch of Next American Vanguard, an inaugural conference honoring 30 of our nation’s most influential and involved young urban leaders.  The conference will take place in Washington, D.C. May 20 and May 21, 2009 at The National Press Club.
Next American City, since its inception in 2003, has served as the hub for a national network of urban advocacy groups.  At events, in the magazine, and online, Next American City and its members are propelling the most crucial discussions about the state of American cities and what can be done to improve them.  For the first time, 30 of the brightest young leaders will gather in Washington D.C. for The Next American Vanguard to explore commonalities and what they can do to further their shared goals.
“The Next American Vanguard honorees represent the future leadership in our country in addressing changes that will determine the future of our cities,” said Diana Lind, editor of Next American City.  “They are young leaders on the cutting edge of development, housing, design, economics and related fields concerned with balancing social and environmental responsibility.  As the name implies, the Vanguard is truly a group that has its finger on the pulse of this country’s metropolitan future.”
The attendees are being honored for their leadership and commitment to improving conditions in cities across the United States. They represent young professionals from a wide spectrum of backgrounds including urban planning, historic preservation, apparel manufacturing, education, job creation, real estate development and community advocacy.  The Vanguard honorees were chosen from more than 100 candidates across the country. The attendees come from 18 different cites as diverse as Anchorage, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Cleveland and Detroit.
Next American Vanguard is made possible with support from Living Cities, the national community development initiative, and the Casey Foundation.

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