Community Economic Development agenda unites over 450 CED stakeholders at National Conference

    ST. JOHN'S, NL, April 10 /CNW/ - Over 450 community economic development
stakeholders from across Canada will unite at the 2007 National Conference on
Community Economic Development (CED), taking place at the Delta St. John's
Hotel & Conference Centre, April 18 to 21, 2007. This year's conference,
titled Bring It Home: Building Communities on a Rock Foundation, will provide
an opportunity to highlight the unique character of CED initiatives in
Atlantic Canada while engaging in nationwide learning and policy planning.
    Community economic development (CED) is local action by people to create
economic opportunities and enhance social conditions in their communities.
Hundreds of Canadian communities have benefited from the transformative
solutions to poverty, homelessness and out-migration offered by CED.
    Attendees will include provincial government ministers, national
community development leaders, CED practitioners and international delegates.
This year's notable speakers include Rankin MacSween, president of New Dawn
Enterprises in Cape Breton, and Françoise Enguehard, a francophone St. John's
author and journalist. Highlights include a half-day Immigrant and Refugee
Policy Forum, Youth Forum and Film Festival, and a plenary on policies needed
to strengthen Canada's communities. Issues such as youth out-migration,
immigrant and refugee economic inclusion and the revitalization of local
economies will dominate roundtables.
    "The Canadian CED Network's goal is to support people to create better
social and economic futures for their communities," says Rupert Downing,
Executive Director of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network.
Downing adds, "this event is the largest community economic development
conference to ever take place in Atlantic Canada - illustrating how important
this issue is to Canadian citizens, particularly in this region."

    The 2007 National Conference is being organized by the Canadian CED
Network (CCEDNet) in partnership with Futures in Newfoundland and Labrador's
Youth (or FINALY!). The Canadian CED Network is a national non-governmental,
membership-driven organization established in 1999 to strengthen Canada's
communities. The Canadian CED Network's mission is to promote and support CED
for the social, economic, and environmental betterment of Canadian
communities. The network has over 750 members and unites over 10,000 CED
organizations in every province and territory.

    Futures in Newfoundland and Labrador's Youth - or FINALY! - represents
youth aged 15-30 in Newfoundland and Labrador. With over 1,000 members across
the province, FINALY! promotes economic and social opportunities for youth to
build a viable future in Newfoundland and Labrador.

For further information:

For further information: interviews, and media kits (in English and/or
French) please contact: National: Erin Brocklebank, Communications
Coordinator, Canadian CED Network (CCEDNet), Tel: (250) 386-9980 (ext. 106),; Local: Jennifer Deon, Public Relations Officer,
Futures in Newfoundland and Labrador's Youth (FINALY!), Tel: (709) 738-6272,

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