To balance economic prosperity, sustainability, environmental concerns and quality of life for residents, communities are increasingly embracing the concept of placemaking. The strategy leverages existing and new infrastructure and cultural assets to create places where "people want to be," thereby increasing social and economic opportunity.
A commitment to placemaking results in vibrant and thriving communities, accessible and protected natural resources, and diverse cultural amenities. In turn, the region's economy benefits from communities that are highly desirable places to live, work and raise a family.
Join us to explore how communities are combining planning and economic development efforts to create consensus and plans for action around placemaking strategies in rural, suburban and urban contexts.
Participants will learn how a small community is changing the face of its downtown to become a destination for a variety of visitors. They'll discover how a joint city-county effort balances farmland preservation and sustainable development. And they'll learn how a city is working with business owners to develop unique and flexible strategies to foster healthy and sustainable business districts.