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Inform and Empower your passion at Pensacola Habitat’s 2nd Annual Community Summit

IMG_9258What is the most important issue that needs to be addressed to move our community forward? Does community improvement hinge just on economic development? Is it most important that we preserve our history and natural environment? Should our focus on early childhood education eclipse other efforts, or is it more important to support the local workforce with adequate affordable housing? The answer is all of the above, and more. And while each of these issues need their champions, when looking at the ‘big picture’ what is perhaps most important is recognizing the inter-relatedness of these critical issues in order for community improvement to be sustainable.

A broadening of the focus from last year’s Affordable Housing Summit, this year’s Community Summit will spur thoughtful discussion, and consequently, meaningful action, that will anticipate sustainable development within our community. Where the Affordable Housing Summit focused on economic issues associated with the availability of affordable housing, this year’s Community Summit looks at the big picture, namely how do we create the best community for everyone? With input from storied community leaders and an introduction from NeighborWorks America leadership, a premier housing and community development agency with a nationwide network of nonprofit partners, this year’s summit will provoke discussion across a number of topics of critical concern.

Contributing to the asset base of this community for over 35 years, Pensacola Habitat takes this current opportunity to lead in advocacy for sustainable community building, together with a great group of panelists. We welcome the return participation of our location host, Gulf Power, as well as our keynote speaker from NeighborWorks America and our many local partners. This Community Summit promises to provide grist for discussion leading to significant community action around a number of topics.

IMG_9168These goals will be on display throughout the two day Summit, which begins on Thursday, June 9th from 1 to 4:30 pm in Gulf Power’s conference room on the bayfront. To begin the discussion, Tom Chabolla, Chief Operating Officer from NeighborWorks America, will reflect on his years of experience transforming and advancing communities throughout the country. Following his keynote address will be a four person panel, moderated by WUWF news director, Sandra Averhart. The panel will be made up of Christian Wagley, Principal of Sustainable Town Concepts; Al Colby, former City Manager of the City of Pensacola; Jill Thomas, Chief Marketing Officer of Innisfree Hotels; and Robin Reshard, founder of Robert Robino Productions. They will offer diverse perspectives on topics ranging from sensitivity to the natural environment to diversity and inclusion to responsible corporate citizenship and will have time reserved for audience Q&A.

Friday’s morning component of the Summit will provide a unique opportunity to participate in various projects in the local area.  Anyone with the passion for improving the community is strongly encouraged to attend. Descriptions of the projects are as follows:

Peggy Fowler – Community Leadership: Mapping Power for Community Change
Robin Reshard – Tour the Blocks of Historic Belmont DeVilliers
Jill Thomas – Community Garden Tour
Christian Wagley – People Habitat in Brownsville

To reserve your seat please visit our event pages, they are listed below.

Thursday, June 9th from 1 – 4 pm

Friday, June 10th from 9 – 12 pm


We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or sources of income.