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MLGW hosts Neighborhood Leaders Conference aimed at building stronger neighborhoods
July 30, 2008
Youth activities, "going green," programs for seniors, grants and reverse mortgages are just a few of the community-related topics that will be addressed in a conference for neighborhood leaders hosted by Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division. Focusing on "Partnerships for Strong Neighborhoods," MLGW’s annual Neighborhood Leaders Conference will be held Friday, August 8 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the MLGW Training Center, 4949 Raleigh-LaGrange Road.

Seminar topics will address how communities can prepare for an aging population, create art programs and enrichment centers for youth, collaborate and strengthen communities, finance energy-efficient home improvements, obtain reverse mortgages, create community spaces, keep Memphis neighborhoods clean and graffiti-free, and find small grants funding.

Some of the featured speakers include Earnest Dobbins, Director, and Janet Hooks, Deputy Director, Memphis Office of Community Enhancement; Kathryn Coulter, Aging Commission of the Mid-South; James Williams, Hope Fellowship Baptist Church; Ralph Blake, Housing and Urban Development; and many other knowledgeable presenters.

MLGW organizes this conference as an effective way to reach out to the community we serve and help leaders make their neighborhoods stronger and safer. "This is a project MLGW has been involved in for years, and it is one that benefits our entire community," said Jerry R. Collins Jr., MLGW President and CEO. "It helps not only to strengthen our neighborhoods, but also allows us the opportunity to present important utility-related information."

MLGW's Neighborhood Leaders Conference costs only $5 per participant, and includes lunch. You can register now through Wednesday, August 6th by going online at and clicking on the registration form link under upcoming events, or by calling MLGW Community Relations at (901) 528-4820. Media are invited to attend.

MLGW is the largest three-service public power utility in the nation, serving more than 420,000 customers in Memphis and Shelby County.