Local Food Initiatives Role in Neighborhood Revitalization

APA Virginia Chapter


Tuesday, July 18, 2017
2:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. EDT

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What role do local food initiatives play in neighborhood revitalization?  This 1-1/2 mile walking tour examines one of the many neighborhoods in Roanoke experiencing focused revitalization. Beginning at the historic Fishburn Mansion in Roanoke's West End Target Area, we will travel through areas of new and newly renovated housing, areas of commercial reinvestment, areas of streetscape improvements, and areas focused on food.  Along the way, we will meet with neighborhood residents, housing developers, commercial investors, and local foods advocate groups to hear how the changes grew out of an agreement among several different groups to focus their specialty in one area for a period of time.



Dave Prosser

Confirmed Speaker

Dave Prosser is Senior Vice President of Community Development for Freedom First Credit Union. He has been called “the visionary” who first proposed the expansion of the credit union to a high-needs area. Read More

Aaron Bousch

Confirmed Speaker

Aaron coordinates community health needs assessments for all Carilion hospitals. He creates Community Health Assessment Teams to initiate assessments, review secondary data, gather primary data through surveys and focus groups, and prioritize health needs. Aaron graduated from JMU with a B.S. in Health Service Administration and minors in Business ... Read More

Amanda McGee

Confirmed Speaker

Amanda McGee focuses her work in outdoor recreation, local food systems, and environmental planning. She previously worked for Botetourt County, Virginia, and attained her Masters in planning from Virginia Tech. She is currently Regional Planner II at the Roanoke Valley - Alleghany Regional Commission. Read More

Katharine Gray, AICP

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John Gusler, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Frederick Gusler, AICP Frederick is Director of Redevelopment and Revitalization for the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority where he works on improving the City’s public housing developments and serving as the liaison to the City of Roanoke on redevelopment projects. Prior to his current role, he was Senior Planner ... Read More

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