Massachusetts Smart Growth Conference

Thank you for attending the Massachusetts Smart Growth Conference on May 18, 2017 at the DCU Center.


Presentations from the conference are now available to download:

Morning Plenary

Development in Your Community: Are We Asking the Right Questions?

  • Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University [Presentation]
  • Chris Zimmerman, Vice President for Economic Development, Smart Growth America [Presentation]
  • Followed by a discussion with the speakers hosted by Mary Skelton Roberts, Senior Program Officer, Barr Foundation

Panel Sessions

Presentations from the conference are now available to download:

The Future Is Speeding Toward Us: Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

  • Marc Draisen, Executive Director, MAPC (Moderator)
  • Amy Korte, Principal at Arrowstreet
  • Brad Rawson, Director of Transportation and Infrastructure for the City of Somerville
  • Matthew Wansley, General Counsel at nuTonomy [Presentation]
  • Sarah Barnat, Executive Director at Barnat Development

Balancing Downtown Development and Neighborhood Investment [Presentation / Document]

  • Kathryn Madden, Visiting Lecturer on International Development, Community and Environment Department at Clark University (Moderator)
  • Theresa Park, Planning Director, City of Lawrence
  • Jim McKeag, TDI Fellow MassDevelopment
  • Luis Edgardo Cotto, Executive Director, Egleston Square Main Street
  • Lisa Wong, former Fitchburg Mayor

New Directions for Transit-Oriented Development

  • Benjamin Forman, Research Director at MassInc (Moderator)
  • Damien Chaviano, Principal at Mark Development
  • Kenan Bigby, Managing Director at Trinity Financial

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Effective Strategies for Suburbs and Towns

  • Pamela Brown, President & Partner at Brown & Brown (Moderator)
  • James Errickson, Director, Department of Community & Economic Development at Town of Natick [Presentation]
  • Dan Gainsboro, Owner & CEO NOW Communities [Presentation]
  • Carsten Snow, Program Coordinator at Mass Housing Partnership [Presentation]

Greening the City 

  • Karen Mauney-Brodek, President at Emerald Necklace Conservancy (Moderator)
  • Kurt Gaertner, Director of Sustainable Development at  Energy and Environmental Affairs [Presentation]
  • Brad McNamara, CEO at Freight Farms [Presentation]
  • Neil Angus, Environmental Planner at Devens Enterprise Commission

Advanced Placemaking: New Approaches to Place Management

  • Jenn Erickson, Arts and Culture Manager at Metropolitan Area Planning Council (Moderator) [Presentation]
  • Marco Li Mandri, President at New City America [Presentation]
  • Gin Wallace, Executive Director at Beverly Arts District [Presentation]
  • Rob May, Director of Planning and Economic Development at City of Brockton [Presentation]

The Elephant in the Room: Long-Term Change and Community Resilience

  • Deanna Moran, Director of Environmental Planning at Conservation Law Foundation (Moderator)
  • Ellen Douglas, Associate Professor of Hydrology, School for the Environment Graduate Program Director, University of Massachusetts Boston [Presentation]
  • John DePriest, Director of Planning & Development at City of Chelsea [Presentation]
  • Wayne Feiden, Director of Planning and Sustainability at Northampton’s Director Planning & Sustainability [Presentation]

Preserving tomorrow: History and Renovation

  • Amanda DeGrace, Community Development Planner at WHALE (Moderator) [Presentation]
  • Mary Antony, Executive Director at 1772 Foundation
  • Sean McDonnell, President at Architectural Heritage Foundation
  • Deborah Packard, Executive Director at Preservation Worcester

Age-Friendly Communities: We Are Generations [Presentation]

  • James Fuccione, ‎Senior Director at Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative (Moderator) [Presentation]
  • Bonnie Mahoney, Director of Communications at Montachusett Regional Transit Authority [Presentation]
  • Adi Nochur, Project Manager at WalkBoston [Presentation]

Getting to “Yes In My Backyard”: How to Build Consensus and When to Fight

  • André Leroux, Executive Director at MSGA (Moderator)
  • Dottie Fulginiti, Board of Selectmen for the Town of Easton [Presentation]
  • Brian Salazar, President at Entegra Development & Investment, LLC [Presentation]
  • Erica Mattison, Legislative Director at Environmental League of Massachusetts & Board Member, Greater Ashmont Main Street, Dorchester [Presentation]

Meet the Experts: State and Local Resources 

  • Greg Watson, Manager of Comprehensive Permit Programs at MassHousing (Moderator) [Presentation]
  • Erica Kreuter, Director at MassWorks, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development [Presentation]
  • William Reyelt, Principal Planner at Smart Growth Programs, Department of Housing and Community Development [Presentation]
  • Anne Haynes, Director of Transformative Development at Transformative Development Initiative, MassDevelopment [Presentation]
  • Susan Connelly, Director of Community Assistance at Massachusetts Housing Partnership
  • Kurt Gaertner, Director of Sustainable Development in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs [Presentation]
  • Sarah Philbrick, Land Use and Transportation Analyst [Presentation]
  • Jonathan Berk, New England Director at Patronicity [Presentation]
  • Emmy Hahn, Program Coordinator at Mass Downtown Initiative, Department of Housing and Community Development [Presentation]
  • Christine McClave, Department of Housing and Community Development

Claim your AICP and AIA Credits

For AICP credits go to this link:

For AIA credits, please contact Ethan Anthony so he can take care of registering the credits for you. Ethan will need your AIA number along with seminars you attended.






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