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Our Greenville and Spartanburg offices have closed while Upstate Forever staff work from home to help protect the health of each other, our families, and our communities. But while we are not together in the office, we remain together in our continued efforts to protect our region's critical lands, waters, and unique character.
This training series, made possible through a partnership with Ten at the Top and Appalachian Council of Governments, is designed to engage elected and appointed officials and planning staff to explore strategies and tools to successfully manage growth and development in their local communities. The series stems from a shared desire among partners to integrate lessons learned and best practices into local decision-making processes across the Upstate.
Workshop themes draw from case studies featured in Growth Choices, Challenges and Opportunities (pages 37-87) in the Shaping Our Future Growth Alternatives Analysis.
January 11, 2018
Keynote speaker: Carol Rhea, FAICP, founding partner Orion Planning + Design and past president of the American Planning Association.
Introductory Overview: Sherry Barrett,Community Design and Land Planning Manager, Upstate Forever
May 3, 2018 - This workshop explored neighborhood and community revitalization, with a focus on access to affordable housing, including the successes and challenges of "61 Hills", a neighborhood west of downtown Anderson, SC.
Keynote Speakers: Don Oglesby, President Homes of Hope; Maurice McKenzie, Planning Director City of Anderson; and Chip Bentley, Deputy Director Appalachian Council of Governments.
Click here to access Maurice McKenzie's presentation from this workshop, here to access the introductory overview of the Shaping Our Future Growth Alternatives Analysis study presented by Upstate Forever's Sherry Barrett, and here to access The Intersection of Land Use, Community, and Social Equity on pages 82-87 in Shaping Our Future Growth Alternatives Analysis.
Aug. 23, 2018
Keynote Speaker: Jason Lawrence, Sr. Transportation Planner, Charlotte Area Transit, Charlotte, NC
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
Keynote Speaker: Karen Parolek of Opticos Design
Click here to see a recap of the event, along with speaker presentations.