Western Maryland to Discuss Land Use and Economic Revitalization at 9th Annual Local Government Exchange

On Friday, May 1, 2015, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm., at various sites in the City of Frederick, the Western Maryland Local Government Exchange will take place. This year’s program is focused on community revitalization. The event’s goal is to facilitate conversation between local government representatives and citizens.

Please note that there will be a lot of walking between venues for the event. You may register on-line here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-local-government-exchange-tickets-16162731164

The complete agenda is as follows:

2015 Western Maryland Local Government Exchange

Opening the Toolbox for Community Revitalization

Friday, May 1, 2015


Registration & Morning Session will be held at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701

8:30 am Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 am Welcome – Honorable Randy McClement, Mayor, City of Frederick

9:10 am Session One: Efforts for Economic Revitalization in Western MD

The Past, Present & Future of Frederick City Redevelopment (Keynote)
Richard Griffin, Director of Economic Development, City of Frederick

Hagerstown’s City Center Plan – Kathy Maher, Planning Director, City of Hagerstown

Efforts in Cumberland – Shawn Hershberger, Economic Development Coordinator, City of Cumberland

Addressing the Challenge of Rural Communities: Grantsville’s Revitalization Efforts – Emily Newman Edwards, President of the Greater Grantsville Business Association and Member of the Grantsville Revitalization Organization

Facilitator: Deborah Carpenter, Director, Garrett County Department of Planning

10:40 Tour of Carroll Creek Redevelopment Project – Community volunteers will provide small group tours

Afternoon Sessions will be held at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Trunk Hall, 35 East Church St, Frederick MD beginning at 11:45 am.

11:45 Lunch and Networking

12:15 2015 Maryland Legislative Session Update – Candace Donoho, Director of Governmental Relations Maryland Municipal League

Facilitator: Jim Wieprecht, Director of Planning and Zoning, City of Taneytown

12:30 Session 2: Roundtable Discussion on the Community Toolbox

After a brief orientation by the facilitator, participants will group into tables and discuss what their communities are doing to revitalize, challenges, what works what has not, etc. Groups will report out to the other groups and some discussion will be facilitated.

Facilitator: Beth Pasierb, Supervisor of Facilities Planning, Frederick County Public Schools

1:30 Walk to Winchester Hall, 12 East Church St., Frederick MD

1:45 Session 3: How Infrastructure Grows Communities

How Wood Energy Development grows Local Economies – Jonathan Kays, Natural

Resource Extension Specialist, University of Maryland Extension

Redefining Transit Oriented Development for Rural Areas – Deborah Carpenter, Director, Department of Planning & Land Management, Garrett County

Agriculture as a Driver for Economic Development and Protector of Rural Land Use
– Colby Ferguson, Director, Government Relations, Maryland Farm Bureau and former Agriculture Business Development Specialist for Frederick County

Facilitator: Alex Rohrbaugh, Planner, City of Hagerstown

2:50 Summary of the day

3:00 Adjourn

3:10 Tour of Frederick Redevelopment (Participants will meet at Trunk Hall)


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