Growth and Preservation – Working Together for Economic Success

APA Pennsylvania Chapter


Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 8:30 p.m. EDT

Jennersville, PA, United States

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Chester County, Pennsylvania is projected to increase in population by 146,000 people by the year 2045 and its Board of Commissioners is undertaking an important update of its comprehensive policy plan, Landscapes2.  While the Board’s Planning Commission begins to frame the issues for the new plan to address, a Commissioner-endorsed strategic economic development effort is underway in southwestern Chester County involving a diverse set of municipal, private sector, institutional, quasi-public, non-profit, and landowner interests.  This evening event to be held within this “targeted opportunity corridor” will focus on the economics of land use and the importance of sustainable growth.  Key note speaker Joe Minicozzi, AICP and principal of Urban3, uses simple mathematics to effectively demonstrate that efficient utilization of existing building space within towns and cities pays substantial long-term dividends to municipal governments, and out-strips similar investment in sprawling development beyond the urban fringe.  Also to speak, Pete Staz, a Philadelphia-based entrepreneur and urban developer, undertakes successful community redevelopment projects involving affordable housing and private-public partnerships.  Key learning objectives for AICP members include the financial benefits of directing development toward existing communities; how mixed land-uses can help to preserve open space, farmland, and critical environmental areas; explore ways to factor costs for capital improvements so that development decisions can be more predictable and cost effective; emphasize the importance of community and stakeholder collaboration in order to balance economic growth and preservation. 


Joe Minicozzi, AICP

Joe Miicozzi, AICP, is the principal of Urban3, a consulting firm created by Asheville real estate economic developer, Public Interest Projects. Urban3’s work in pioneering geo-spatial representation of economic productivity has prompted a paradigm shift in understanding the economic potency of urbanism and the value of well-designed cities. Their ... Read More

Pete Staz

Entrepreneur and urban developer, Pete Staz has over 16 years of experience in real estate. He has expertise in real estate development including ground up construction, property rehabilitation, repositioning, and finance in both mixed use and for-sale residential properties. Staz is skilled at originating, underwriting, executing and managing a variety ... Read More

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