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Thursday, 05 July, 2012

REI Tour Makes a Stop in Nashville for Asset Development Summit

Summit attendees listen to a speakerOn June 28, National Disability Institute’s Real Economic Impact Tour (REI Tour) made a stop in Nashville, TN to co-host an Asset Development Summit for Persons with Disabilities with United Way of Nashville. REI Tour Regional Specialist Katie Metz attended the event and was one of the opening presenters. Additional welcoming comments were made by Jessica Ho, Manager Nashville Alliance for Financial Independence, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and William Pykosh, Nashville Territory Manager, IRS.

Over 20 area agencies were represented at the Summit including:

  • TN Disability Coalition
  • Benefits to Work
  • Metropolitan Social Services
  • Goodwill
  • TN Dept. of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
  • Center for Independent Living of Middle Tennessee
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • Bank of America
  • Christian Community Services Inc.
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Nashville Branch
  • MNPS - Community Career Center

The Summit brought together numerous local agencies to have a conversation on improving asset development in order to foster economic empowerment for persons with disabilities. Attendees were given the opportunity to hear from experts in the Nashville disability and asset development communities.

In addition to the presentations, attendees provided insight on creating an action plan for Nashville, TN by breaking out into smaller work group discussions. These smaller discussions focused on how the asset development and the disability communities can work together to build a better economic future for persons with disabilities.One participant stated after, "I feel I learned a great deal and made some important contacts. I hope this will not be a ‘last of its kind’ forum as I think great progress can be made via [forums like] this."

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