Organizing for Community Development Workshop May by Massachusetts


									May 2, 2008, 8:30 am 3:30 pm
Union Station, Worcester

Planning is one thing; Successful implementation is another.
This jone-day workshop for communities in Worcester County is designed to introduce participants to
different phases of community development, helping communities move beyond planning to
successful project implementation.

Register for the Workshop

Who should attend
Elected Officials
Citizen Volunteers
Interested Community Members

What you will gain
learn strategies and techniques from experienced program leaders
hear success stories from other communities
explore case studies

Session 1
Strategic Planning for Economic Development
Learn "how to" plan for local community development and set the stage for enhanced locally-driven
community, economic & housing development planning.
Program Leader: Peg Barringer, FinePoint Associates, LLC
Peg Barringer has conducted economic and financial analysis, market research and other services for
government agencies and community based organizations in over 100 communities. She specializes
in economic development and has over 25 years of extensive experience in program design,
implementation and evaluation.

Session 2
Creating Opportunities for a Diverse Housing Supply
Housing development and community economic development are closely linked. Learn about
strategies that are working for communities that are increasing local housing options.
Program Leader: Connie Kruger, Community Assistance Program Manager, Massachusetts
Housing Partnership (MHP)
Connie Kruger joined MHP's staff in 2002 after a 16-year career as senior planner in the Town of
Amherst, where she spearheaded many successful housing development and zoning initiatives. She
serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens Housing and Planning Association.

Session 3
Project Development and Implementation
Examine some of the successful implementation models for undertaking community, economic and
housing development initiatives in smaller communities.
Program Leader: Peg Barringer, FinePoint Associates, LLC

Session 4
Community Development: Success Stories & Innovation
Learn how your colleagues in other Massachusetts communities have implemented successful efforts
to undertake community, housing and economic development efforts.

Pamela Bathen, Chair, Ashland Redevelopment Authority (ARA)
As Chairperson of the ARA, Pamela Bathen has obtained funding for and implemented a major
Downtown Master Planning Study. The Study led to rezoning of Ashland, which has allowed for the
incorporation of a rail transit district and business-friendly development. The ARA has also
successfully pursued funding to purchase the last open lot in Downtown Ashland and is currently
overseeing the development of a mixed-use housing and commercial project on the site.
David Ames, Athol Town Manager
After retiring from the United States Air Force in 1994, David Ames began working for the Town of
Orange as the Community Development Director. In 1999 he became Shutesbury's first Town
Administrator. In 2004 he was appointed Town Manager for the Town of Athol. In each town he
helped to define the town's vision and developed action steps to ensure that the committees worked
together towards common goals.

Register by mail:

City, State, Zip
Phone / Fax

Mail Registrations to:
 John Fitzgerald
 Urban Development Coordinator
 Department of Housing & Community
 100 Cambridge St., Suite 300
 Boston MA 02114

Deadline for registering is: April 23, 2008

Union Station is Handicap Accessible
Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD)
DHCD's mission is to strengthen cities, towns and neighborhoods to enhance the quality of life of
Massachusetts' residents. DHCD provides leadership, professional assistance and financial
resources to promote safe, decent affordable housing opportunities, economic vitality of communities
and sound municipal management.
Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC)
CMRPC is the designated regional planning agency for the Central Massachusetts region, which
includes the City of Worcester and 39 surrounding communities. CMRPC provides municipal and
regional planning for Land Use and Transportation, as well as a variety of Community Development
services. CMRPC collaborates with local, regional, state and federal officials, as well as with
legislators, in order to bring a regional perspective and a coordinated approach to the planning and
development that occurs in the region.
Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC)
MRPC, a regional advisory board consisting of representatives from each member community,
carries out comprehensive regional planning in the Montachusett area. MRPC provides a wide
variety of services to its member communities including economic development studies and
initiatives, drafting of applications for state funding on behalf of a community, administering grants,
traffic studies, zoning and subdivision updates, assistance with town master plans and open space
plans, mapping assistance through our Geographic Information System (GIS) and many other

 -Massachusetts Office of Business Development

If you have any questions about whether or not this workshop is right for you of if you need any
special accommodations please contact John Fitzgerald at (617) 573-1446 or

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