Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition Conference

Point Clear, AL
Thursday, October 20, 2011

  Closing the Wealth Gap:
Diversity of People, Policy, and Research

Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition Conference
Thursday, October 20, 2011 - Friday, October 21, 2011

Grand Marriott Hotel and Spa Resort
One Grand Boulevard
Point Clear, AL 36564

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The Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition Project (SRABC) and partners from across the Gulf Coast States invite you to attend the 2011 Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition conference, sponsored by the Ford Foundation.

The purpose of the SRABC conference is to bring together organizations whose work is dedicated to building the assets of low-income families and communities. The conference design is to educate, inform, showcase, and illuminate issues, barriers, and successes of asset development strategies in the southeast region and across the country.

The conference will offer a full day and a half of plenary, strategy sessions, and small group dialogue. We expect up to 160 organizations to be represented at the conference, as well as several state and national leaders of policy in the field.

Featured Speaker: Shirley Sherrod
In 2009, Shirley Sherrod became the first African American to hold the Georgia State Director of Rural Development position with the USDA. In July 2010, a video was posted of Sherrod’s alleged discrimination against a white farmer, subsequently, setting off a storm of controversy surrounding Sherrod and her statements. Sherrod was forced to resign from her position at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  It was later revealed the video was taken out of context and part of broader comments that conveyed a completely different message. An apology was issued to Sherrod from the NAACP and the USDA with a new job offer, which Sherrod later declined. Shirley Sherrod will share her story and insight at the upcoming 2011 SRABC conference.


The conference registration fees include a materials packet; breakfast, breaks, lunch, and light appetizers during the reception on Thursday; breakfast and box lunch on Friday.

Registration Rates
  • A 50% discount is available to everyone. To receive the discount, you must register by October 3, 2011, and complete the SRABC 2011 Strategic Assessment survey. Complete the survey to receive a discount code, and then use the code while registering for the conference.
  • State coalition (AABC, CPM, FABC, and Louisiana Grassroots Coalition) members, non-profits, and individuals: $150.00
  • Corporate, non-coalition state member rate:  $300.00       
  • Please note that registrations will not be waived this year. Scholarships for up to two nights hotel stay are available (see Scholarship tab).
Attendees are responsible for airfare, hotel, and other expenses. The registration deadline is Monday, October 3, 2011. 

About the Coalition

The Southern Regional Asset-Building Coalition project is an initiative in the Gulf Coast States that has been the foundational pillar for asset building in the region.  The goal of the project is to build capacity for an inclusive statewide and regional asset policy coalition in the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as core partners. The SRABC partners are:


Contact Information

  • Gena Gunn McClendon
    Center for Social Development
    Washington University in St. Louis
Scholarship application deadline is September 25, 2012
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