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For Immediate Release: 3/13/2014
Leggett to Participate in National Conference on Ending Poverty

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will present the opening remarks at The National Conference on Ending Poverty on Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place. The conference is sponsored by A Wider Circle, in collaboration with Montgomery County’s Office of Community Partnerships.

“Having grown up as one of 12 kids living in abject poverty in a three-room house in Louisiana, I applaud Mark Bergel and the folks at A Wider Circle for bringing together this gathering of experts to share and learn from best practices around the country in fighting poverty,” said Leggett. “It is up to every one of us to step up and do what we can to help these individuals make a better life for themselves and their families.”

“Nearly 50,000,000 adults and children live in poverty in the United States,” said Mark Bergel, executive director of A Wider Circle. “That breaks my heart because we have the resources and the expertise to reduce that number to zero. On March 29, experts from around the country will share strategies that have worked in their communities and around the world. When those living in the greatest need become our greatest priority, we will end poverty.”

In addition to opening remarks by Leggett, the conference will feature a welcome by Steven Silverman, director of the Department of Economic Development. Presentations will be made by national and regional experts and community leaders. The conference will also feature a discussion by individuals who have risen out of poverty and understand the challenges firsthand.

The conference will be moderated by Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank. Tickets are $20 or $10 for students.

For information or to register, visit or call 301-609-3504.


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Release ID: 14-104
Media Contact: Sue Tucker 240-777-6507

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