City and Step Up Honored at National League of Cities Meeting


San Francisco Treasurer Jose Cisneros (L) poses with Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson (inside left), Alderman Carol Bell (inside right) and Daniel Dodd (outside right), Executive Director of Step Up Savannah at the recent National League of Cities Conference in Boston, MA. Step Up Savannah was honored during the conference for its innovative poverty reduction efforts in the Savannah area
San Francisco Treasurer Jose Cisneros (L) poses with Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson (inside left), Alderman Carol Bell (inside right) and Daniel Dodd (outside right), Executive Director of Step Up Savannah at the recent National League of Cities Conference in Boston, MA. Step Up Savannah was honored during the conference for its innovative poverty reduction efforts in the Savannah area

Step Up and the City of Savannah were honored at the National League of Cities’ annual meeting in Boston. Step Up Savannah was highlighted with 21 other municipal programs as a model program for the country.

Step Up Savannah has been working in partnership with the City, social service agencies, businesses, and neighborhood leaders since 2006 to reduce poverty in Savannah through workforce development, wealth building and public policy initiatives.

Over 3000 participants from around the country were in attendance. So far in 2012 Step Up has assisted over 10,000

(From Left to right) Alderwoman Estella Shabazz and Step Up Savannah Executive Director Daniel Dobb-Ramirez are pictured near the display showcasing the pioneering work of Step Up Savannah.
(From Left to right) Alderwoman Estella Shabazz and Step Up Savannah Executive Director Daniel Dobb-Ramirez are pictured near the display showcasing the pioneering work of Step Up Savannah.
people through its work with partner organizations.

Daniel Dodd- Ramirez, Step Up executive director, called the national recognition a real honor for Savannah. “We look forward to presenting our work with the City to address poverty as well as learning from other cities at this important national event.”

“Real change takes time, and does not occur without the involvement of the entire community,” said Mayor Edna Jackson. “Step Up recognizes that the only way for Savannah to combat chronic poverty is to get everybody on board. That’s why it will succeed.”


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