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[FERNDALE] – Sullivan Renaissance will host a Municipal Forum on Wednesday, September 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the CVI Center in Ferndale. The Forum will feature two dynamic speakers sharing research and presenting on code enforcement and healthy communities; both issues of relevance to municipal officials, community leaders and volunteers.
Karen Black of May 8 Consulting is an author and national lecturer on strategies to reactivate vacant and abandoned properties. She will discuss how municipalities can address blight, and share best practices from around the country -- including strategic code enforcement -- that have been effective in improving property condition and stimulating new investment in distressed communities.
Bryan Ross, a Planner with the Center for Active Design, will share research demonstrating that community health and the quality of civic life is directly associated with the design and upkeep of public spaces. Attendees will learn about the newly published Assembly: Civic Design Guidelines, a groundbreaking playbook for creating well-designed and well-maintained public spaces as a force for building community trust and healing divisions in local communities.
It is not necessary to be a municipal official or be part of a town planning or zoning board to attend this seminar. Planning and Zoning Board members will receive a certificate of completion for continuing education credit, but everyone is welcome.
Pre-registration is requested and refreshments will be served. To register, visit SullivanRenaissance.org or call the Sullivan Renaissance office at 845-295-2445. Event details can also be found on the Sullivan Renaissance Facebook page.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development initiative principally funded by the Gerry Foundation with additional support from Bold Gold Media Group, the River Reporter, the Sullivan County Democrat, DVEight and the Times Herald Record.