Mr. Edward T. McMahon, Senior Chair on Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Washington, D.C., and one of the nation’s leading authorities on sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth, and historic preservation, .....
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Resident Organization to Host Expert on How The City of Frederick Can Become a Model Community
Frederick, MD (December 5, 2012) – Mr. Edward T. McMahon, Senior Chair on Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Washington, D.C., and one of the nation’s leading authorities on sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth, and historic preservation, will lead a discussion on how The City of Frederick can best utilize mixed development to realize a goal as one of the country’s leading small cities. Mr. McMahon will be holding his discussion beginning at 7:30pm on Wednesday, Dec. 12th, in the Boardroom in City Hall located at 101 North Court Street. The discussion is open to the public and will also be broadcast live on City Government Cable Channel 99 as well as streamed and archived on the City’s website at www.cityoffrederick.com.
Organized by the residents’ organization, People Building Frederick’s Future, a group of citizens committed to creating the highest quality of life for the entire Frederick community, Mr. McMahon’s experience level is deep. As the Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development, Mr. McMahon leads ULI’s worldwide efforts to conduct research and educational activities related to environmentally sensitive development policies and practices. Mr. McMahon is the author or co-author of 15 books and over 300 articles. His books include: Conservation Communities: Creating Value with Nature, Open Space and Agriculture; Better Models for Development in Virginia; Developing Sustainable Planned Communities; and Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities. Mr. McMahon also writes regularly for Urban Land Magazine, Citiwire, Planning Commissioners Journal and other periodicals.
Mr. McMahon’s discussion on Dec. 12th will kick-off a regular series of seminars, workshops, and presentations organized by People Building Frederick’s Future, featuring local, regional and national authorities who offer expertise on various aspects of community building.
Frederick City Alderman Michael O’Connor agrees. “I’m delighted that the City is helping to host Mr. McMahon as we can all learn a lot from successful communities elsewhere, and apply that experience to our own here in Frederick. I’m equally delighted that our residents are stepping up to the opportunity and intending to participate fully in what Frederick should be like as a community in the future.”
“Educating Frederick residents is an important part our Mission, which will help to empower residents to have a strong, equal, and effective voice in the creation and sustenance of our city’s future,” said Alan Feinberg, Education Chair for the organization.
“It’s a unique time here in Frederick to create a significant and meaningful model of positive outcomes for all stakeholders within our community. After all, that is what urban planning is all about – creating a place where residents relate to each other and our community grows and prospers as a result. We’re delighted to have Mr. McMahon speaking in Frederick, and providing us with guidance in the creation of a future Frederick community ripe with possibilities,” said Lucia Bowes Hall, Vice Chair of People Building Frederick’s Future.
About People Building Frederick’s Future
Partnering with community stakeholders, we are residents of The City of Frederick unified by a commitment to create the highest quality of life for the entire Frederick community, current and future. Leveraging our heritage, preserving our environment, and working with others, we draw inspiration from successful, well-designed communities elsewhere to create a vision and process that insures that Frederick can become the best community imaginable.
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