Stamford: Creating a Liveable City in the Shadow of Gotham
You'll learn about:
Lessons learned about reengineering Stamford’s Downtown and South Side neighborhood’s economic and public transportation efforts – what worked and what didn’t
Ways in which Stamford has been a leader in developing a more livable and sustainable downtown and connecting to a highly successful reuse of industrial land into housing and retail uses
The importance of connecting the natural watercourse into a major draw for citizens and businesses to live, work and play
Before 9/11/01, Stamford was a charming, small New England city with a local economic base, a historic downtown, a university campus, beautiful residential neighborhoods, and a short commute to New York City on I-95 or Metro North. Since 9/11/01, Stamford has become a boomtown, as the area around the Stamford Transportation Center, which has served as a historical barrier between Downtown Stamford and the South Side neighborhood and has become a preferred relocation site for major business firms that also seek nearby housing and other amenities for their well-educated, young professional employees. Thus, Stamford is now a city with new energy, stakeholders, resources, opportunities, and needs, including the need to plan in light of these new social and economic realities.
, City of Stamford, CT
Confirmed SpeakerMr. Madden was appointed Director of Economic Development for the City of Stamford, CT in June 2014. Previously, he held the position of Commissioner of the Department of Community Development and Conservation for the Town of Greenburgh, NY. Thomas has been instrumental in the development of new economic and environment standards in his professional career including administrative procedures and policies to retain, restore and expand the commercial and industrial tax base of the community, adoption of Green Building code for new site development, revisions to the Energy Star code, Energy Improvement Financing for commercial properties (Energize NY). Mr. Madden has overseeing the approval and development of numerous large scale developments. Mr. Madden graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA in geography (Urban Studies) and attended Dalhousie University’s Masters of Urban and Rural Planning Program, where he was awarded the Harry Kitz Park Development Scholarship for Park Design and the Mobil Oil Canada Scholarship for Impact and Design Studies for his graduate thesis on the potential for eco-industrial development in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.