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REI Tour Mayor's Leadership Academy

With generous support from the IRS, our annual REI Tour Mayor’s Leadership Academy provides a forum for tax coalition representatives from around the country to gather and exchange best-practices to foster a united, coordinated effort to further real economic impact, nationwide. Visit the archive for a list of past Mayor's Leadership Academies.


Sixth Annual Mayor’s Leadership Academy

Leading the Charge for Change - Educate, Advocate, Innovate
Boston, Massachusetts
September 27-28, 2011
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Thank you to everyone who attended the 6th Annual REI Tour Mayor's Leadership Academy at the gorgeous Boston Federal Reserve Bank! We are very grateful to Mayor Thomas Menino, his staff and the staff of the Federal Reserve Bank for making this opportunity available. The purpose of the Academy is to establish an expanded peer support system led by the Mayors and EITC coalitions that compliments and enriches community-based initiatives such as the Real Economic Impact Tour. The Tour, now going into its eighth year along with partners in 100 cities, is providing taxpayers with disabilities a “gateway” to asset building opportunities. Since 2005, the REI Tour has helped increase the number of taxpayers with disabilities accessing free tax assistance from 6 percent to 14 percent nationwide.  


Download 6th Annual REI Tour Mayor's Leadership Academy Materials
General Sessions 
Breakout Session #1
10:45 - 11:45 am
The Big Three 101: Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn From the Beginning
Community Reinvestment Act 101
Access & Accommodations
Virtual VITA and Remote File
Breakout Session #2
11:55 am - 12:55 pm
Leveraging the Online Charge for Change
Increasing Outreach to Diverse Populations
Beyond EITC: Effective Tax Planning and Preparation Assistance
Connect to Local Workforce Investment Boards
Breakout Session #3
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Getting Things Done with Online Tools
Building Financial Security - Youth & Families
Smart Data Collection Models
Understanding Changes in VITA and the Tax Landscape
Breakout Session #4
4:40 - 5:40 pm
Faciltated Self-Tax Preparation - Lessons Learned from the Field
Tips for Optimizing Your Communication Dollars and Creating Messaging That Works
Putting All of the Asset Building Strategies Together
Boston EITC Coalition - Best Practices from the Field
The 6th Annual Mayor's Leadership Academy was sponsored by:
Walmart                   Bank of America
AT&T             The Federation of Community Development Credit Unions             Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Amerigroup Foundation                     Institute for Economic Empowerment