Building One America Summit on Suburbs and Diverse Middle Class Communities July 23 and July 24, 2015

im Renacci (R-OH) with BOA leader David Ford
Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) welcomes BOA delegates to nations's capitol
Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY)
Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) with BOA leaders
Mayor Lopez Rogers of Avondale, AZ with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Stacey Olsen of NJ
Congressman Steve LaTourette and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
OH State Rep. John Rogers and his son with Congressman Dave Joyce (R-OH)
Congressman Steve LaTourette
BOA Board Member Lawrence Levy, Congressional Reception Master of Ceremonies
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and BOA leaders

Building One America is pleased to honor these five exemplary leaders at the Third National Summit for Inclusive Suburbs and Sustainable Regions, Washington, D.C. July 23-24

Building One America 2015 Honorees: This year’s summit will recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of these exceptional leaders:

Photo of Senator Bob Casey

  • Senator Robert Casey, D-PA and Congressman Robert Gibbs, R-OH will receive the Steve LaTourette Unified America Award for Outstanding Bipartisan Leadership.
  • Ms. Lily Eskelsen García, President, National Education Association (NEA) will be this year's recipient of the Building One America Opportunity America Award 
  • Ms. Elaine Gross, President of the Long Island based ERASE Racism and Mayor Debbie Goettel of Richfield, Minnesota will revive the Building One America Inclusionary America Award.

Unified America Award - Senator Robert Casey and Congressman Robert Gibbs

Photo of Senator Bob CaseySenator Robert (Bob) Casey has been a steadfast and forceful advocate for BOA’s agenda in Pennsylvania especially his support for regional fair housing to promote middle class opportunity for all residents.

Congressman Robert (Bob) Gibbs, as Chairman of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, forged a rare bipartisan consensus (417 to 3) for a job creating water infrastructure funding bill (WRDA). Both Senator Casey and Representative Gibbs continue to provide vital bipartisan leadership to move our country forward around non-partisan issues important to the American people.

Chairman Gibbs and Senator Casey will be the recipients of the Steve LaTourette Unified America Award for Outstanding Bipartisan Leadership. Congressman Steve LaTourette, President and CEO of the Republican MainStreet Partnership and former Congressman from Ohio's 14th District was the first recipient of this award now given in his in honor for his extraordinary efforts to bring our country and it's leaders together.

2015 Summit Topics and Program

Building One America Summit on Suburbs
A National Conference on Sustaining Diverse Middle-class Communities
July 23-24, 2015, Washington, DC
Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC

BOA will hold its next bi-partisan national conference focused on the related themes ofn social and racial inclusion, environmental sustainability, and economic growth with local elected and grassroots leaders, members of the Obama Administration and members of Congress.

This year’s event will have a number of salient and topical themes related to infrastructure investment, inclusive housing, diverse schools and the challenges facing many suburbs around issues of justice, municipal capacity, and changing leadership.

The conference will include workshops and presentations to help practitioners and policy makers better understand their common challenges and advance critical issue opportunities at both the state and national level. It will include plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and workshops led by experts in community organizing, civil rights, and public policy.

Building One America Summit on Suburbs

A National Conference on Sustaining Diverse Middle-class Communities
July 23-24, 2015, Washington, DC

Draft Program Day I

Thursday, July 23

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM - Afternoon opening plenary - Hart Auditorium