Quality of Place is the sum of a community’s parts—its built environment, its assets, its personality as experienced through all five senses. In these sessions, we’ll invite participants to assess their own communities in comparison with contemporary American ideals, and we’ll explore Wheeling, a community that is applying creative solutions to its challenges.
On Tuesday morning, Quality of Place will combine with the Resources track for a hands-on session putting resource experts together with conferees in small groups to use a model process for matching resources, solutions, and evaluative tools that can be used in every community.
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- 10/18, 10:15 AM Understanding Your Assets - Blighted and vacant property in your community got you down? Come see how community developers are seeing these properties as neighborhood assets! Session presenters will discuss innovative ways community developers are revitalizing neighborhoods. Topics will include revitalization strategies such as land banking, bricks and mortar development and green redevelopment efforts.
- Presenters: Sarah Halstead Boland, Rebecca Kimmons, Tomoko Tamagawa
- Speaker: Joseph Ott, senior policy analyst, and Thomas Fitzpatrick, economist and land bank expert, both of the Federal Reserve, Pittsburgh.
- 10/18, 11:30 AM Creating an Entrepreneurial Environment - We’ll hear from leaders in three communities about what they have done and are doing to invite entrepreneurial development in their towns.
- Speakers: Don Rigby, Wheeling, Terry Cutright, Morgantown, Thomas McChesney, Huntington
- 10/18, 2:30 PM Tour of downtown Wheeling and Centre Market with its spin-off shops and restaurants; Orrick and Wagner Buildings, excellent examples of adaptive reuse; and East Wheeling, a neighborhood treasury of underutilized historic buildings where an infill project is underway, and a sports arena is proposed.
- 10/19, 10:15 AM Session A - Place & Community Resources Power Session: Real Issues + Real Resources = Action - Resources and Place will come together for a hands-on problem solving session that will occupy both Tuesday morning slots. The objective is to give participants tools and resources they need to identify and isolate problems, and a model process for matching resources, solutions, and evaluative tools that can be readily used in every community.
- 10/19, 11:30 AM Session B – A continuation of the Place & Resources Power Session: Real Issues + Real Resources = Action
Please register today and invite friends and peers from your community or organization!