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Smart Growth Is Smart Business

The fourth session of the Fall “Smart Growth is Smart Business” interactive series will focus on “Making It Happen – Putting Smart Growth Policies and Practices to Work” and feature Journalist, Urban Planner, City of Ventura Council Member and Solimar Research Group President, William Fulton of Ventura, California.
Mr. Fulton is economic development columnist for Governing Magazine, founding editor of California Planning & Development Report, a monthly land-use newsletter, and writes frequently for the Sunday Opinion Section of the L.A. Times.
He is a well-known book author as well. His L.A. Times best-seller, The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles, has just been published in paperback by Johns Hopkins University Press. His book The Regional City: Planning For The End of Sprawl, co-authored with New Urbanist architect Peter Calthorpe, was published in 2001 by Island Press. His well-known text, Guide to California Planning, is now in its second edition.

Mr. Fulton is an experienced speaker and lecturer on land use planning and economic development issues, having delivered hundreds of speeches and presentations throughout the nation over the past fifteen years. He has also appeared on radio and television programs in California and throughout the nation.
Mr. Fulton earned his B.A. in Mass Communications from St. Bonaventure University, an M.A. in Journalism/Public Affairs from The American University in Washington, D.C., and an M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.
The Thursday night December 8th, 7:00 p.m. session will be held at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY). Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. The forum is free and open to the public.
The session will be moderated by Partners for a Livable Western New York. The evening will open with keynote William Fulton’s presentation at 7:00 p.m. and provide opportunities for audience participation to maximize learning.
The “Smart Growth Is Smart Business” series is coordinated by planning committee members from Partners for a Livable WNY, The Wellness Institute of Greater-Buffalo, Forever Elmwood, The Federal Reserve Bank and The Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning. Sponsors for the free to the public series include: Uniland Development Company, LP Cimminelli Inc., Greater Buffalo Savings Bank, Buffalo Niagara All-America City Committee, The Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning, First Niagara Bank, The New York State Council for the Arts, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, The New Millennium Group, the Citizens Regional Transportation Corporation and community donations. The community is invited with registration starting at 6:30 p.m. The Albright-Knox Auditorium is handicap accessible. For information please contact Phil Haberstro at The Wellness Institute at 716-851- 4052

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Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world’s largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Harvey Garrett

    I attended. Wonderful presentation, and fairly well attended. I was impressed with the number of suburban elected officials present.

  • JWL

    I also attended and thought it was a great presentation. There was also some meaningful questions and follow up. The most interesting aspect of the discussion for me was the challenge posed by Mr. Fulton to the people of the City to attract and keep young people.
    It got me thinking about this website and all of the interest being generated based on the Ch 49 story etc., and it got me thinking about other strategies to attract either young people who have left or those who have never been and are considering a move off of one of the coasts.
    I asked Mr. Fulton after his discussion for ideas for attracting a younger population to the City and he reiterated that our strongest network is those who have left – and it seems through comments/articles on this site that this strategy is working relatively well.
    What about other strategies for attracting young people back to the city? Ideas?
    Also in that vein, I wanted to post a link to an interesting article today in Planetizen/Chicago Sun. about Top Cities for Young People and the factors that make these other cities successful for thought.