Power of Place Summit - Friday, May 14, 2010
Playing to our Strengths - Transforming our Economy
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Rhode Island Convention Center Friday May 14, 2010

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  • Power of Place Summit registration
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    Hear from international, national and local experts about strategies to transform our economy by playing more effectively to our strengths.

    Register online today.

  • Obama Administration officials to headline
       Summit May 14th
  • HUD, DOT and EPA officials will discuss new federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities

    President Obama announced early in his presidency that smart growth and sustainability would be a priority in his administration. Then in June 2009, HUD, DOT and EPA announced an unprecedented federal partnership to better integrate federal investments in housing, transportation and environmental protection. It's called the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and it aims to support places such as Rhode Island that have long-range plans for expanding economic opportunity, improving community design and efficiencies and for reducing impacts to the environment. The first phase of implementation is now backed by Congress with $150 million in funding in FY 2010 and more being proposed for FY 2011.

    The partnership - and the opportunities for advancing economic and community development in Rhode Island - will take center stage at Grow Smart Rhode Island's 3rd Biennial Power of Place Summit on Friday, May 14, 2010 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

    HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims will be joined by Therese McMillan, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration and John Frece, Director of EPA's Smart Growth Program to discuss the status of the partnership and the opportunities for applying its principles and resources to improve Rhode Island's economy and enhance its quality of place. Smart Growth America President & CEO Geoff Anderson will moderate the symposium.

    The Summit will examine many opportunities to achieve sustainable economic prosperity using strategies that revitalize urban and town centers, increase housing options and affordability, promote clean and efficient transportation choices, maintain a vital agricultural sector and that ensure responsible stewardship of our natural resources.

    Participating state officials include RIEDC Executive Director Keith Stokes, Division of Planning chief Kevin Flynn, RIDEM Director Michael Sullivan, RIDOT Director Michael Lewis, Rhode Island Housing Executive Director Richard Godfrey and CRMC Executive Director Grover Fugate.

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  • Summit workshops to deliver latest
       news, trends and best practices
       in sustainable economic and community
  • More than 20 workshops will be presented by respected and accomplished professionals on topics such as Rhode Island-specific opportunities for sustainable economic growth, zoning for green energy production, reuse of I-195 surplus land, an enhanced public transportation system, regulatory reform, improving public health through better community design, agricultural vitality, leadership in energy and environmental design, affordable housing and more.

    Workshop presenters include:

    Jane Austin, Special Coalitions Liaison, Save The Bay

    Dan Baudouin, Executive Director, The Providence Foundation
    Kenneth Buckland, AICP, LEED AP, Principal, The Cecil Group, Inc.
    Eric Busch, Principal, Rustpoint Advisory, LLC
    Steve Cecil, AIA ASLA, Principal, The Cecil Group, Inc.
    Thomas E. Deller, Director, Department of Planning & Development, City of Providence
    Steve Durkee, AIA, Principal, Durkee, Brown Viveiros & Werenfels Architects
    Jan Eckhart, Owner, Sweet Berry Farm & Member, Middletown Planning Board
    Jerry Elmer, Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation
    Kevin Essington, Director, Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy
    David Everett, Principal Planner, City of Providence Dept of Planning and Development
    David Farmer, Dean, Graduate School of Oceanography, URI
    Barbara Fields, Executive Director, LISC- RI
    Kenneth Filarski, FAIA, AICP, LEED-AP, LEED-AP BD+C, CFM, FILARSKI/architecture
    Steven Fischbach, Staff Attorney, RI Legal Services
    Kevin M. Flynn, Associate Director, Rhode Island Division of Planning
    Rupert Friday, Director, RI Land Trust Council
    Grover Fugate, Executive Director, RI Coastal Resources Management Council
    Greg Gerritt, Member, Urban Agriculture Task Force
    Richard Godfrey, Executive Director, Rhode Island Housing
    Nellie Gorbea, Executive Director, HousingWorks RI
    Janice Greenwood, P.E.; Vice President, Woodard & Curran, Inc.
    Frances Halsband, FAIA, Partner, Kliment Halsband Architects
    Eric Hangen, AICP, President, I Squared Community Development Consulting
    Virginia Hesse, Architect, Rhode Island Historic Preservation & Heritage Commission
    Steven Hughes, AIA, LEEP AP, Associate, RGB Corp.
    Nathan Kelly, Senior Planner, Horsley Witten Group, Inc.
    Meg Kerr, Watershed Outreach Coordinator at Narragansett Bay Estuary Program
    Rochelle Lee, Community Planning Consultant
    Paul Leveille, LEED AP, High Performance Buildings Program Manager, The Jordan Institute
    Michael P. Lewis, Director, Rhode Island Department of Transportation
    John Leyden, CBO, RI State Building Commissioner, RI Dept. of Administration
    James Lima, Partner, HR&A Advisors, Inc.
    Thomas A. Mann, Jr., Executive Director, The Pawtucket Foundation
    Eugenia Marks, Senior Director of Policy, Audubon Society of Rhode Island
    Pat McNiff, Owner, Casey Farm & Pat's Pastured
    Scott Millar, Chairperson, Exeter Pilot Team
    James Miller, Chair, Ocean Engineering, URI
    Benjamin Morton, Carol R Johnson Associates Inc.
    Bill Needleman, Senior Planner, City of Portland, ME
    Anton C. Nelessen, PP, M. ARCH. UD, CNU, Principal, A. Nelessen Associates, Associate Professor of Urban Planning, Rutgers, the State University
    Bonnie Nickerson, Senior Planner, City of Providence
    Norman Ospina, Olneyville Neighborhood Association
    Donald Powers, AIA, Principal, Donald Powers Architects
    Jon Reiner, Town Planner, Town of North Kingstown
    Katie Resnick, Environmental Planner, Horsley Witten Group, Inc.
    John Rhodes, Principal, Moran, Stahl & Boyer, LLC
    Paul Rich, Chief Development Officer, Deepwater Wind Rhode Island
    David Schweid, Planner, Town of Exeter, RI
    Leni Schwendinger, Principal, Leni Schwendinger Light Projects LTD
    Harry Smith, Office of Planning & Development, New London, CT
    Greg Spiess, LEED AP; Principal, Greg Spiess AIA Architecture & Urban Design
    Robert Stein, AICP, Land Use Bureau Chief, Stamford, Connecticut
    Keith Stokes, Executive Director, RI Economic Development Corporation
    W. Michael Sullivan, Ph.D., Director, RI Department of Environmental Management
    Mark Therrien, Assistant General Manager, Planning, RIPTA
    Jerry van Eyck, ASLA, Principal, !Melk Landscape Architecture PC
    Kate Venturini, Manager, URI / CRMC Coastal Landscapes Program
    Linda Walden, Director of Planning & Development, Killingly, CT
    Caroline Wells; Director of Planning and Community Development, Town of Warren, RI
    Martha Werenfels, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels Architects
    Nancy Whit, Executive Director, Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation
    Lee Whitaker, AICP, Director of Planning, Town of East Greenwich
    Scott Wolf, Executive Director, Grow Smart Rhode Island

    Grow Smart is grateful for the generosity and commitment of our many presenters. We will continue to leverage the talents, ideas and energy of diverse partners in transforming Rhode Island into an economic and cultural leader for this and future generations.

    All workshops qualify for CM credits with the American Planning Association.

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