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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

In Dallas

Just arrived in Dallas. I'm here for the National Federation of Community Development Credit Union's annual conference. I arrived late, so I had to grab a bite to eat in the lounge before crashing. It's in the same hotel the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) conference was at a few years ago. We attended that conference with the Bayshore Christian Ministries staff. I still remember the BCM folks playing broom hockey at the rink nearby.

It's good to be here. "The Federation" provided us council and assistance as we organized the partnership that brought about Community Trust Credit Union of East Palo Alto. I hear Juan Hernandez will be here tomorrow. I hope to connect with him. Juan spoke at the CCDA conference a few years ago also.

I do a workshop tomorrow afternoon then jump on a late flight back. In the last six weeks I've been in NYC, LA (twice), Chicago and now Dallas. As much as I like to travel, I'm ready to be home for a spell.

I'll post an update soon. In the mean time check out Crissy Brooks' post on Jeremy Del Rio's website. Crissy is a great friend and colleague who leads MIKA Community Development Corporation in So Cal. I was honored to visit her and her staff when I was in LA last week. She has a great young team that are doing excellent work in the poor areas of Orange County (yes, there is poverty in 'the OC').

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