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United Way of Florida Conference Heading to Gainesville

United Way of North Central Florida is proud to announce that Gainesville will be the host city for the upcoming United Way of Florida Staff Leaders conference. The conference – comprised of executives from United Ways across the state – will take place from June 24-26, 2015, at the Hilton. 

This will be the first year the conference has been held in Gainesville.
 
“We’re very excited to have this opportunity to showcase our community to the rest of Florida,” said UWNCFL President and CEO, Deborah Bowie. “There are some incredible things happening in our region, and chief among them is the great work being done by our local office and our partner agencies who serve people from all over our six-county service area.”
 
Gainesville was selected from a competitive RFP process that asks communities to respond to detailed questions about the community and the local United Way, Bowie said. The annual conference invites staff members from all 32 Florida United Ways to gather and discuss the latest trends and to share important information. More than 100 United Way employees from all around the state are expected to attend. The “Great and Powerful Cause: Building Pathways to Progress” conference will be held at the Paramount Hotel (2900 SW 13th St) with opportunities to go off-site for certain activities. United Way of the Big Bend of Tallahassee will take on the majority of the planning for the event; however, United Way of North Central Florida will provide insight and additional planning, Bowie said.
 
Bowie cited the success of programs in early childhood education, income, health and immediate needs/safety in North Central Florida, most of which is accomplished through a network of agencies funded by the Community Investment Fund of the United Way of North Central Florida, as a factor in pitching Gainesville to the state association.
 
“Many of these agencies will be front and center before state leaders who will be in our community for a few days to share best practices and learn from each other about how communities can best engage volunteers and donors,” Bowie said. 
 
“We are all facing our own challenges but we can learn something from each other about how to move our communities forward in a meaningful, sustainable fashion,” she said.
 
United Way of North Central Florida, along with the help of Two-Head video, created a video to announce the conference. View it here.