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. Panel 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: ______________________________________________ Name ______________________________________________ Title ______________________________________________ Organization ______________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________ City, State, Zip ______________________________________________ Phone / Fax ______________________________________________ Email Mail Registrations to: John Fitzgerald Urban Development Coordinator Department of Housing & Community Development 100 Cambridge St., Suite 300 Boston MA 02114 Deadline for registering is: April 23, 2008 Union Station is Handicap Accessible Sponsors 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 services. Cosponsors -MassDevelopment -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 John.Fitzgerald@state.ma.us.
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