Each year we celebrate the work of many individuals and organizations inspiring change in our community. Last year over 350 individuals gathered for the 8th Annual Community Spirit Awards. Nine incredible organizations and individuals were recognized for their contributions and local leaders and residents were able to glean from the wisdom of inclusion expert Van Jones. In 2017, LINC Up will be inviting residents to hear from keynote speaker, Rev. Alvin Herring and celebrate the incredible work being done all across the community. In addition to honoring organizations and individuals for their significant impact on October 5, LINC Up will be concluding the Community Spirit Awards and kicking off the Empowered Communities Conference with a reception, immediately following the banquet. The Empowered Communities Conference brings together representatives from all sectors, as well as resident leaders to participate in a 1- day conference to engage in thought-provoking dialogue for improved outcomes for all.