ATLANTA (WAOK) – The Rainbow PUSH / Citizenship Education Fund’s 13th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference takes place this week with appearances by Reverend Jesse Jackson and other local and national leaders.   They will discuss the regional outlook for jobs and economic growth.

“These leaders will give us an overview of the facts about the economy – the number one issue on the minds of our members, and people everywhere.  The economic context shapes and influences our efforts to create and establish a level playing field,” according to Janice L. Mathis, national CEF Vice President.

The conference also includes a supplier diversity workshop, pastors and faith leaders will examine financial literacy as part of an ongoing initiative to promote home ownership and retention.  There will also be a session on retirement planning and public pension funds  

Building Bridges to Sustain Growth and Inclusion is the theme of the 13th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference in Atlanta, to be held in October 12-13, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency, 265 Peachtree Street, hosted by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Citizenship Education Fund, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and national VP Janice L. Mathis, Esq.

“The conference agenda is packed with features that will inform and inspire you,” Rev. Jackson said, “including sessions on doing business with local governments and corporations, retirement planning, economic conditions and a leadership summit to plan civic engagement and public policy strategy for 2013 and beyond.”

Activities on Saturday, October 13th include a College Fair, Youth Summit, Sports Luncheon and Youth Talent Showcase.

Greg Street, long-time V-103 announcer is being honored as entrepreneur of the year for his non-profit corporation’s support of the written word on Friday, October 12 at the Keep Hope Alive Gala.

Street is a longtime proponent of literacy and the founder of the Greg Street Scholarship Fund Program, We Need 2 Read. The program requires high school seniors to create teams of five students to read and write reports about as many books as possible.  The Metro Atlanta team that reports on the most books and its school are eligible for $10,000 in scholarships.

The Keep Hope Alive Gala on Friday night, October 12,  celebrates Rev. Jackson’s birthday.

Other award recipients include poet Hank Stewart, reporter David Stokes and photographer Clyde Bradley.


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