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Welcome to PromiseNet 2011

The City of Pittsburgh is delighted to host the fourth annual PromiseNet Conference. The conference provides an excellent opportunity for those of us committed to transforming our communities through education to learn from the experiences of Promise initiatives throughout the country. The 2011 PromiseNet Conference Committee has planned a comprehensive agenda of speakers, workshops, and local tours addressing topics relevant to all stages of the development, implementation, and evaluation of Promise programs, as well as ample opportunity for formal and informal networking with other communities engaged in similar endeavors. PromiseNet 2011 will also showcase Pittsburgh, a city that is forging an exciting new future for itself through its commitment to higher education. We are excited to have some of the nation's most influential leaders in education and economic development joining us, and we hope you also will join us as we continue to work together to ensure that all communities are great communities in which to live, work, and raise families.

History of PromiseNet

What is PromiseNet and when did it start?
PromiseNet is an annual gathering of educators, city officials, community organizers, researchers, businesses and others interested in improving educational, social and economic outcomes of students, families and their cities. Promise programs do this by providing college scholarships. The first PromiseNet Conference was held in 2008 in Kalamazoo. In 2009 the conference was held in Denver and in 2010 the conference returned to Kalamazoo.

Who should attend PromiseNet conferences?
Ideally, each city or community in attendance would bring a “team” of 4 – 6 professionals (e.g. educators, city officials, economic development specialists, community organizers, scholarship administrators, researchers etc.) who are passionate about improving student and community outcomes by means of a Promise program. Of course the conference is open to individuals as well!

What might we expect to get out of the PromiseNet 2011conference?
For those new to Promise programs, we hope each attendee will be inspired by the communities with current Promise programs and by our speakers and presenters, and that each will come away with tools and information that will be helpful in the development of Promise programs. For those attendees representing communities with established programs, the speakers, presenters and opportunities to engage both formally and informally with other colleagues will help give you the vision and energy to make improvements to your Promise programs and your students and community outcomes.