Thursday, August 15, 2013

What a Fun Time at the 2013 MAP Conference!

What a fun time we had at the 2013 MAP Neighborhood Conference last Saturday!  Organized by Community Development Department staff, 250 people attended the fourth annual event.

Hosted at Monrovia High School, the 2013 Map Neighborhood Conference included 23 workshops and 30 information tables.  Some of the workshops offered were:
  • YOU are the Government and Mayor’s Bus Tour - Mary Ann Lutz, Mayor
  • Plan Monrovia - Laurie Lile, City Manager
  • Heart of Great Leadership - Ed Nicholls, Leadership Development Instructor
  • Housing Rights Workshop - Marisol Arzate, Director of Outreach and Education 
  • Good Planning = Good Places - Craig Jimenez, Planning Division Manager

Spanish speaking workshops were introduced this year in an effort to reach out to our Hispanic population in Monrovia. Coordinated in part by Ulises Gutierrez, 20 Spanish speaking members of our community attended the conference. 

Lunch was also a huge success with contributions from Something Healthy, Wendy’s, Jersey Mikes, Athens Services, Flame Broiler, and The Coffee Bean; providing participants with many delicious options to eat. 

A special thanks to Wells Fargo, Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, Monrovia Unified School District, Interior Services and Lunch Salon as our conference sponsors for their generosity and support to our local community.  Our wonderful volunteers that dedicated their time to serving our community that included Monrovia Police Explorers, Youth Commission, Teen Advisory Board and MAP Neighborhood Leaders. 

Our hope is that by the end of the conference, we were able to make a difference in the minds of our participants; encouraging them to reach out and start taking steps to improve their community.