Sustainable Economic Development in the Mid-Hudson Region

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • What cities can do to promote sustainable, economic development while mitigating climate change. 

  • The various real life strategies that have been used for economic development in several communities within one region.

  • The success of various communities’ use of transit oriented development, downtown revitalization, urban renewal, LEED-ND criteria, public engagement and comprehensive plans. 

  • How 14 urban communities created an intermunicipal consortium to work together to identify common revitalization issues and develop best practice strategies to address them.

The Land Use Law Center together with fourteen municipalities in New York’s Mid-Hudson Region established the Mayors’ Redevelopment Roundtable (MRR) program in 2008. The MRR is unique in its approach to sustainable, economic development because municipalities are working together to transform the urban centers of the region. In 2013, the MRR received a state grant, which enabled the continuation and enhancement of the group’s work in developing a coordinated economic development strategy. While sharing ideas and coordinating with the Mayors’ Roundtable, individual municipalities developed strategies to address redevelopment and economic development issues. The City of Peekskill, NY developed a successful local waterfront revitalization program, focusing on transit-oriented development to enhance the waterfront and utilizing the LEED for Neighborhood Development criteria in their rezoning. The City of White Plains, NY emphasized citizen and stakeholder participation in planning the redevelopment of its transit corridor, which sits near the heart of its downtown. The Village of Brewster, NY chose urban renewal and transit-oriented development as its strategy. The City of New Rochelle, NY has accomplished a new comprehensive plan (which incorporated the City’s sustainability plan), waterfront revitalization, and zoning for its downtown in an efficient, streamlined process—all while working with a developer on a transformative downtown redevelopment project that needed to be carefully choreographed to fit into the planning and zoning efforts underway while still achieving meaningful public involvement in shaping that development and the comprehensive plan. A panel discussion among New Rochelle and White Plains mayors, Peekskill’s Director of Planning, and Village Counsel for Brewster will look at the techniques used to develop a toolkit for cities to promote sustainable, economic development. 


Jean Friedman , AICP , City Of Peekskill , Peekskill , NY (see bio)
Anthony Molé, Esq. , Herodes & Mole', P.C. , Mahopac , NY (see bio)
Noam Bramson , Mayor, City of New Rochelle , New Rochelle , NY (see bio)
John Nolon , Pace University - School of Law , White Plains , NY (see bio)