Building Thriving Communities: Lee County
Friday, February 19, 2016
8 a.m. - 11 a.m. EST
Fort Myers, FL, United States
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Join the Promised Lands of APA Florida and ULI Southwest Florida as we explore the factors contributing to make for thriving local communities and the roles played by residents, businesses, developers and elected officials in helping to create them. We will examine the elements that challenge, and those that make for, successful, vibrant and healthy communities, along with the important role that market factors, entrepreneurship and national emerging trends play.
Keynote speaker and ULI Senior Resident Fellow, Ed McMahon, is nationally known as an inspiring and thought-provoking leading authority on what contributes to the success of communities and their built environments. In his presentation, McMahon will spotlight some examples of successful thriving communities nationally and how those experiences can help guide other communities.
In addition to our keynote presentation this Lee County element of our regional program will focus on the emerging efforts of two local growing municipalities – the City of Bonita Springs and the recently incorporated Village of Estero – in their efforts to encourage successful downtown redevelopment and to lay a foundation for new walkable village center communities. This element of the program will give those attending an opportunity to hear directly from knowledgeable speakers and local officials who will provide local insights on their emerging plans to encourage thriving communities in Estero and Bonita Springs.
The program is specific for an audience of professional planners, civil engineers, developers, attorneys, community activists, neighboring governments, and other interested parties — specifically members ULI and APA. There will be expert speakers, presentation, and opportunities for group interaction and questions and answers. The presentation is non-promotional in nature. The educational objective will be appropriate for AICP members as they learn new developments in health, transportation, planning, and public policy. The speaker will draw on professional experience in land use planning and other fields. The content will not be basic in nature, but will be an in depth discussion about critical matters to the public, developers, planners, engineers, attorneys and other professionals.