Downtown Redevelopment Webinar Now Available for Download

[Click here to download the presentation slides (PDF)]

Across the country, small towns are rediscovering and reclaiming their main streets and downtowns by pursuing innovative community and economic development projects.  Once abandoned sidewalks, storefronts, and plazas are now bustling with activity as residents find their way back downtown, once again making these spaces the social, civic, and economic centers of their communities.

On February 5, 2014, the NADO Research Foundation hosted a webinar highlighting three small towns (Greenville, KYClaremont, NH; and Millen, GA) that are investing in their downtowns through streetscape improvements, historic preservation, brownfields remediation, and tourism initiatives.  The webinar showcased how strong local and regional leadership, dedicated volunteers, and a mix of local, state, and federal funding can come together to transform downtowns and main streets, improving both quality-of-life and economic opportunities for residents.

Presenters:
Jason Vincent, Executive Director, Pennyrile Area Development District
Nancy Merrill, Director, Planning and Development, City of Claremont, NH
Mike McCrory, Senior Planner, Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission
Linda Grijalva, Director of Community Development, Central Savannah River Area Regional Commission

Moderator:
Brett Schwartz, Program Manager, NADO Research Foundation

Click here to download the presentation slides (PDF)

Click here to read NADO’s “Vibrant Rural Communities” case studies series, which highlights nine small town and rural communities that have embraced a variety of innovative economic development strategies.

Contact Brett Schwartz, NADO Research Foundation Program Manager, with any questions at [email protected]

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This webinar was organized through support from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

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Joe McKinney has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations since 2012. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. Under his leadership, Land of Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation in program areas including planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has also held various other roles in city, county, association, and government management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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