By Lauren Halligan
October 30, 2014
Saratoga Springs Native and National Community Change Expert Rich Harwood Returns to Give Keynote at NYLA Conference Nov. 6 Skidmore College Graduate Working to Change the Country One Community at a Time
For more than 25 years, Saratoga Springs native Rich Harwood has worked to help people and organizations across the country create more engaged communities. On Nov. 6, Rich – founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-area Harwood Institute for Public Innovation – will return to Saratoga Springs to deliver the keynote address at the New York Library Association’s annual conference.
A nationally renowned expert, author and speaker on transforming communities, Rich – a Skidmore College graduate - will talk about how libraries, partner groups and other supporters can accelerate positive change in their communities. He will also speak about people’s frustration with the acrimony and divisiveness in politics and public life and how we can move forward on the nation’s most critical issues.
The visit to Saratoga Springs is part of Rich’s Reclaiming Main Street campaign, designed to engage people in making community a common enterprise again.