2016 fiscal started with the NLC staff attending seven native focused and educational tradeshows: NCAI Convention and Market (October 18-23, 2015 in San Diego, CA); NIGA Mid-Year Conference (November 2-4, 2015 in Hollywood, FL); Lakota Nation Invitational (December 16-18, 2015 in Rapid City, SD); Construction in Indian Country (April 25-27, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ); Education Expo (May 27, 2016 in Miami, FL); Annual Conference of American Indian Women of Proud Nations (August 4-6, 2016 in Nashville, NC); and the National Indian & Native American Employment Training Conference (August 21-25, 2016 in Reno, NV).
Also the NLC staff facilitated 8 IHBG Trainings consisting of Section 184 Training for Affordable Tribal Housing (December 2-3, 2015 at the Courtyard Marriott Portland Downtown/Convention Center); Eastern Woodlands ONAP Training and Regional Meeting for the EWONAP staff and the members of the Great Lakes Indian Housing Association (GLIHA) and the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) (March 29-31, 2016 at the NLC facility); Waccama Siouan Tribe (May & June 2016 in Bolton, North Carolina); Cherokee Nation’s Conference of Community Leaders (June 2016 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma); Tribal Housing Series (June 20 – 24, 2016 at the NLC facility); Financial Wellness for Tribal Youth(July 11-12, 2016 at Florida State University); Grants Management and Organizational Development in Tribal Communities (September 12-15, 2016 at the NLC facility); and Building Native Communities, conducted in partnership with Oweesta (September 7-9 & 21-23, 2016 at the NLC facility).
In addition the NLC staff attended and technical information was disseminated at over 20 Technical Assistance (TAs) for Native Country including the Northern Ponca Housing Authority (October 14, 2015); Mashpee Wampanoag Housing Authority (November 17-19, 2015); Seneca Nation Housing Authority (December 2, 2015); Lakota Nation Invitational (December 16-18, 2015); Delaware Nation Housing Authority (January 13-14, 2016); Navajo Nation LeChee Chapter (March 9, 2016); Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma Housing Authority (April 6, 2016); Tolowa Dee-ni Nation (Smith River Rancheria) Housing Authority (April 5-7, 2016); ISWA Development Corporation (July 19-20, 2016); Bar Harbor Housing Symposium (August 9-11, 2016); IHBG TA #18: Shoshone-Bannock Tribe (August 16-17, 2016); and many more.
The NLC conducted over 80 webinars in fiscal year 2016 included the following sessions: Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing, Funding Energy and Infrastructure on Rural Tribal Lands, Pharmaceutical Abuse within Indian Country Housing, Stimulating Tribal Economics through Native CDFIs and Winning Formula for Community Development Planning: Needs Assess. The annual attendance of the NLC webinars was over 3,000 attendees from the Eastern/Woodlands Office and Southwest Office locations consisting over 50% of the attendees.
Professional staff development from the NLC consisted of Leadership Skills for the Training of Housing Professionals (May 27, 2016 at Miami, FL); Leadership Skills for the Training of Housing Professionals (July 15, 2016 at Big Cypress Reservation, FL); Leadership Skills for the Training of Governance Issues, including Board of Director Training; Onboarding Design; and Trends in Goal Development and Strategic Planning (August 14-16, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah); and Leadership Skills for the Training of Housing Professionals (September 27, 2016 in Tulsa, Oklahoma).
Finally the NLC Facility Renovation which physical work began on May 18, 2015 was completed in August 2016 to a state of the art technical location.
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