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The Challenge of Change: Are We Loving Portland to Death?

Growth is both essential and turbulent for any ecosystem. Finding balance between economic growth and quality of life is out collective opportunity.

Join Creative Portland, the Portland Society for Architecture and GrowSmart Maine on Saturday, October 3, 2015 for a community conversation about the impacts of growth on our community. This FREE event will take place from 9:30 - 4:30 at the University of Southern Maine Abromson Center. Here's the schedule of events:

9:00 - REGISTRATION OPENS (Coffee and light pastries)

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. WELCOME & Listening Session

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Growth & Change in Asheville, NC

Mayor Esther Manheimer, Asheville, NC

11:00 – 12:00  p.m.  Portland Today in Context of Changing Economy

Richard Barringer, professor emeritus, USM Muskie School

Greg Kesich, editor, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Jeff Levine, planning & urban development director, City of Portland

Ryan Wallace, director, Maine Center for Business and Economic Research

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. LUNCH – Meet Your Neighbors!

(Bring a brown bag lunch or enjoy a $10 box lunch)

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. BREAK-OUT SESSIONS (Choose one)

1. Building Portland – Strategies for Growth

2. Finding the “Sweet Spot” Without Wrecking the Place

2:30 – 3:30 Portland Council Candidates Listening Session

3:30 – 4:00 WRAP-UP and Evaluation

4:00 – 4:30 CIDER and DONUT RECEPTION

 

Please REGISTER in advance on Eventbrite so we know how many donuts to order! See you then!

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