2015 RNNC Conference

RNNC 2015

The Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC) will take place this year in Bowling Green, Kentucky from October 1 - October 3, 2015.

Register Now

The Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC) is a three-day event hosted each year by one of 22 Midwestern cities. It’s a place where volunteers, corporations, governments, and community leaders gather to learn from each other and gain valuable ideas to help transform their own community. It features a wide variety of workshops about state of the art approaches to neighborhood improvement, presentations by experts and leaders in urban and neighborhood development, and lots of fun, food, and entertainment!


Early Bird $100 Until July 31st, 2015
Regular Price $125 August 1st - September 17th, 2015
Late / On-Site $150 September 18th, 2015

Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 1, 2015

2:00pm - 8:00pm

Registration & Exhibits Setup

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Opening Reception at the Sloan Convention Center

Friday, October 2, 2015

7:30am - 11:00am

Registration & Exhibits Open


Continental Breakfast Buffet


Presentation of the RNNC Award Nominees



10:30am - 1:30pm

Neighborhood Tours & Lunch

Please choose from the following options:

  1. International Community Collaborations
  2. Transportation Planning with Community Impact: A Tale of Two Streets
  3. Faith-Based Partnerships: Hope House & Jobs For Life
  4. WKU ALIVE Center: Where campus and community meet to learn and serve
  5. Unique Partnerships for Affordable Housing: The Scholar House and other examples
  6. The West End Neighborhood: The Foundry Christian Community Center and early childhood development
  7. Revitalization in Downtown BG (partial walking tour)

For those who do not wish to attend a neighborhood tour, you may also attend the following extended workshop during lunch:

Profiles in Youth Leadership: The Good Deeds Club, the Young Visionaries Foundation, and the Youth Artists Alliance were all created by people in Bowling Green to impact the community around them. Come hear how these under 18 youth have stepped up to lead and how they are inspiring their peers and adults to do the same. This will take place at the Convention Center.

6:30pm - 10:00pm

Dinner, Entertainment, Bourbon Tasting & Museum Tour at the National Corvette Museum

9:00pm - 11:30pm

Karaoke at the Sloan Convention Center

Saturday, October 3, 2015


Breakfast Buffet


Keynote Program, RNNC 2016 Kickoff, & Basket Winners




Holiday Inn University Plaza

The room block at the Holiday Inn University Plaza with the discounted rate is now full, and the hotel is nearly sold out. Guests may call (270) 745-0088 or 1-800-HOLIDAY while rooms are available.

Courtyard (at Marriott) Bowling Green Convention Center

Due to demand, a second room block has been made available at the Courtyard (at Marriott). An online booking link is available to make reservations. Guest may also call 888-236-2427 or 270-783-8569 and request the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference block to obtain the group rate. The rate is the same as Holiday Inn University Plaza. If you wish to use the group rate, please hurry, the room black is nearing capacity.

Our Organization

The Regional Neighborhood Network has existed for almost 25 years representing cities of all sizes. There is a Regional Neighborhood Network Steering Committee that operates without bylaws, officers or membership dues. Participation is solely based on the commitment of member cities who come from a variety of governmental structures, philosophies, and political parties. Despite the diversity of the composition, the RNNC has endured through mayoral changes, liaison changes, and fluctuating levels of commitment and participation by the member cities. Though its initial membership started out small with only 7 cities, there are currently 22 member cities representing 5 states (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, and Tennessee).

While representatives of the member cities typically interact face-to-face, a minimum of two times per year at Steering Committee meetings, the friendships have become long-standing opportunities for resource sharing through technology. All conference collaborations are conducted in a non-partisan manner. This interaction among the city representatives has transcended party politics and is based simply on trust, respect, and genuine friendships that have evolved.

Sponsorship Information

Wondering how you can help support the RNNC? There are various levels and opportunities for your sponsorship and in kind donations. Click here to find out more:

Sponsorship Menu

Apply to become an exhibitor or make a sponsorship commitment to the RNNC:

Exhibitor/Sponsor Forms


In 1986, the City of Louisville invited several major cities within a 400 mile radius to send the person responsible for neighborhoods within City government to Louisville. During the two days of meetings, the concept of establishing a regional organization emerged. It was decided that the organization would serve a two-fold purpose. It would provide a framework for government officials to collaborate on issues of importance to neighborhoods and others related to managing municipalities. Secondly, the member cities would create an environment in which neighborhood leaders could interact with each other about issues they were all facing. This result was an annual Regional Neighborhood Network (RNNC) Conference.

The first two, in 1987 and 1988, were hosted by the city of Louisville. In addition to grassroots community volunteers, neighborhood leaders, government officials and others from the member cities, organizations from other area communities also send representatives to the conferences to learn best practices and develop strong networks that affect real neighborhood change and improve the quality of life in communities. Many neighborhood people have attended since the very first conference and have established ongoing relationships with their neighborhood counterparts from other cities.

Year Hosting City
1987 Louisville, KY
1988 Louisville, KY
1989 Columbus, OH
1990 Dayton, OH
1991 Fort Wayne, IN
1992 Indianapolis, IN
1993 Louisville, KY
1994 Lexington, KY
1995 Fort Wayne, IN & Lima, OH
1996 Toledo, OH
1997 Indianapolis, IN
1998 Lexington, KY
1999 Dayton, OH
2000 Louisville, KY
2001 Peoria, IL
2002 Fort Wayne, IN
2003 Evansville, IN
2004 Columbus, OH
2005 Muncie, IN
2006 Bowling Green, KY
2007 Louisville, KY
2008 Lima, OH
2009 Decatur, IL
2010 Dayton, OH
2011 Cincinnati, OH & Covington, KY
2012 Fort Wayne, IN
2013 Peoria, IL
2014 Richmond, IN
2015 Bowling Green, KY
2016 Champaign-Urbana, IL
2017 Evansville, IN

For additional information concerning the conference, contact Karen Foley at (270) 393-3674 or email karen.foley@bgky.org.