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Birmingham Wins Again! City Officials Deliver Big at 2015 NUSA Conference!

PRESS RELEASE                                                                            Tuesday May 26, 2015

Contact: Chiara Morrow

(205) 908-7392

chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL- Birmingham wanted the Neighborhoods USA (NUSA) bid, they went after it and they obtained it. A recent trip to Houston, Texas proved to be another productive trip as the City of Birmingham Mayor’s office joined efforts with the Birmingham City Council and staff at the 40th Annual Conference of Neighborhood Concerns to stake their claim and move on the a bid to host the NUSA Conference in the Magic City. City officials sealed the deal by walking away with a bid to host the 2018 Conference and they also took home a 3rd place award for Best Neighborhood Program for Physical Revitalization/ Beautification in District 4.

“This is an exceptional win for the City of Birmingham, as we have an additional opportunity to show national delegates everything that’s great about our city,” Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin said. “We want the citizens to know that the NUSA Conference is no small feat and we will work to ensure that this city continues to thrive with innovative conferences geared toward community development.”

NUSA is a national non-profit organization committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations. Created in 1975 to share information and experiences used to build stronger communities, NUSA continues to encourage networking and information sharing to facilitate the development of partnerships among neighborhood organizations, government and the private sector for the ultimate goal of strengthening every neighborhood.

This is the City of Birmingham’s first win to host the NUSA Conference in twenty years and prior to that in 1982, as the largest conference held in the city during that time. It is Birmingham’s third win for Best Neighborhood Program as Councilor Steven Hoyt won the award in 2011 and 2013 for creation of his annual family festival and neighborhood engaging Party with a Purpose in District 8.

“I am thrilled that we were able to bring home yet another award that highlights the wonderful communities that exist here in Birmingham,” said Toby Richards who is an artist-in-residence at the museum of art, and who also chaired the Best Neighborhood Program project. “This award means so much to all those who worked hard to transform Patton Park into an area that they can truly be proud of.”

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Public Information Officer Chiara Morrow at 205.254.2055 or chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov