Planning and Development


Learning Together to Strengthen Neighborhoods



Community U! Conference is a half-day event that will teach you about ideas and resources to improve your community.

Come learn from others. Build leadership. Share experiences. Work collectively. Strengthen and increase sustainability in your neighborhood.

For more information, please contact CommunityU@houstontx.gov or 713-837-7701.



Set your own agenda based on your interests. Pre-registration is critical to ensure adequate seating in each session. Online registration ends September 25, 2012. Deadline extended to 12 p.m., September 28. Do not mail checks and money orders after September 25th, instead please brings payments with you September 29th.



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Great Giveaways

community u prizes

The community organization with the most registered participants by September 28th can win one of the following prizes:

  • Astros Suite for 10
  • $100 Kroger Gift Card
  • $50 Randallís Gift Card


Other great door prizes available! The raffle begins at 12:35 pm the day of the conference. Winners must be present.





Conference Agenda at a Glance
September 29, 2012

7:45-8:30am

Check-in and Chat
8:30-9:30am Session 1
  A: Networked Neighborhoods: Going Social
  B: How to Start a Non-Profit Organization
  C: Neighborhood Watch: Protecting Your Community
  D: Preserving Neighborhood Character
9:30-9:45am Break
9:45-10am Welcome by Mayor Annise Parker
10-10:15am Break
10:15-11:15am Session 2
  A: HUD Grants: Funding Resources for Your Neighborhood
  B: Healthy Eating: What Does Community Have to Do With It?
  C: Dealing with Blighted Lots & Structures
  D: What You Need to Know about Community Gardens
11:15-11:25am Break
11:25am-12:25pm Session 3
  A: Go-Neighborhoods Initiative
  B: Influencing Youth Through Art
  C: Going Green: Home Energy Audit
  D: Your Maps, Your Way
12:25-12:35pm Break
12:35-1:15pm Closing and Door Prizes