Last year’s Community Development Conference.

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) will convene its 6th Annual Asian American Community Development Conference on May 14, 2013 at New York University’s Kimmel Center.   This day-long summit will bring together over 300 leaders from housing and community organizations, corporations, foundations, government agencies, academic institutions, as well as local, state, and national elected offices.  Their goal: to examine the socio-economic contributions of New York’s growing Asian Pacific American community.

The past year was truly extraordinary for all of us in New York City.  Superstorm Sandy was the most challenging disaster our great city has faced since 9/11.  As we move forward together on neighborhood-based recovery efforts, this year’s conference is intentionally focusing on lifting up local issues and solutions that will be relevant for all on-the-ground practitioners.

AAFE is pleased to announce that the keynote speaker this year will be Darryl Towns.  Mr. Towns was selected by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to serve as Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), which includes all the state’s integrated housing and community renewal agencies and programs.  Prior to his appointment, Commissioner/CEO Towns served in the NYS Assembly for 18 years, where he chaired the Banking Committee and served on Education, Health, Rules and Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry committees.

“I am very excited about this year’s conference theme- Building Our Communities with Resiliency and Strength,” said AAFE Executive Director Christopher Kui.  He added, “Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York City in early November, AAFE as well as other community organizations have been hard at work trying to make sure homeowners and business owners have access to the resources necessary for them to thrive again.  This conference will give everyone a chance to reflect on how to improve future recovery efforts.”

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