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Smart Growth America Technical Assistance Webinar

Meeting Description:

Smart Growth America is now offering free technical assistance to communities interested in building stronger local economies and realizing fiscal cost savings while protecting human health and the environment. Our technical assistance will help leaders in urban, suburban and rural communities create local smart growth strategies that make sense for your community.  This webinar will discuss the technical assistance program including the 12 technical assistance tools, selection criteria, important deadlines and the application process.

Assistance for this program provided with grant support from US EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.

Date: Wed, Oct 12, 2011
Time: 02:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Smart Growth America
 Presenter Information
Roger Millar, Director of Smart Growth America's Leadership Institute
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Roger Millar is the Director of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute, which includes the Governor’s Institute on Community Design and other technical assistance programs for state and local government. Roger is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a Certified Floodplain Manager. He is a member of the ASCE Committee for America’s Infrastructure, which produces the ASCE Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. He is also Past President of the Oregon Section of ASCE and of the Montana Association of Planners. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1982.

Garett Ballard-Rosa, Smart Growth America Leadership Institute
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Garett Ballard-Rosa is the Leadership Institute Fellow at Smart Growth America.  A past Director of the Sustainable Urban Network and recipient of the Congressional Award, Garett has additional planning experience in China, Spain, New Orleans and California.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley and holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA. 

Barbara McCann, Executive Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition
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Barbara McCann, Executive Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition, coined the term ‘complete streets,’ organized the broad national Coalition, and has presided over its growth as policy adoption has accelerated across the country.  She is the primary author of the Complete Streets Best Practices Manual from the American Planning Association. She co-developed the Complete Streets Implementation Workshop series in 2007 and has trained 18 instructors who have delivered more than 60 workshops across the United States. She has authored and co-authored reports, books, and papers on creating a new transportation paradigm, including the books Sprawl Costs from Island Press and Growing Cooler from the Urban Land Institute.

Dena Belzer, President, Strategic Economics
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Ms. Belzer is President of Strategic Economics, an urban economics research firm specializing in projects with complex settings and multiple actors requiring innovative analytic approaches.  Strategic Economics also partners with Reconnecting America and the Center for Neighborhood Technology to comprise the Center for Transit Oriented Development (CTOD). 

Eliot Allen, Principal, Criterion Planners
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Eliot Allen, AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A

Eliot is a Principal with Criterion Planners of Portland Oregon, an urban and regional planning firm founded in 1979 that specializes in using sustainability metrics to inform community planning processes. He has been the U.S. Green Building Council’s technical consultant for LEED-ND since the program’s inception in 2007, including supervision of certification reviews for 170 LEED-ND projects in 26 states. Eliot is a former chair of Portland’s Sustainability Commission and currently serves on USGBC’s Location & Planning technical advisory group, ASLA’s Sustainable Sites core committee, and Portland’s EcoDistrict technical advisory committee. He is a co-recipient of EPA’s Climate Protection Award for the Chula Vista California Global Warming Reduction Plan, and CNU’s Charter Award of Excellence for the Smart Code.

Christopher Duerksen, managing director of Clarion Associates
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Christopher Duerksen, Esq., is managing director of Clarion Associates. He has represented local governments, nonprofits, and the private sector in a variety of land-use and zoning matters and specializes in sustainable development code revisions, growth management planning, historic preservation, natural resource protection strategies, and airport-area development.  He has completed ground-breaking sustainable code diagnosis in Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C., and has recently begun working with Tucson, AZ. Chris co-founded the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute at the University of Denver School of Law where he conceived and directs the Model Sustainable Development Code project. Duerksen has written and spoken extensively on land use issues across the United States and has authored many books and articles on land use and conservation issues, including Nature Friendly Communities and  Takings Law in Plain English.  He has a law degree from the University of Chicago.