[WEC-All] Last chance to register for June 11 conference!
rzako at efn.org
Tue Jun 10 08:48:11 PDT 2008
Dear West Eugene Collaborative members and other interested parties,
If you have not already done so, there is still time to preregister for the
Lane County Moving Forward together conference:
MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER
Expanding Housing, Economic and Transportation Choices
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hilton Eugene & Conference Center
66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, Oregon
(Walk-ins on the day of the event are welcome, but preregistering will help
the HIlton have enough chairs and food.)
Here¹s what Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Eugene Association of REALTORS
President Marie Due had to say in a Register-Guard guest viewpoint last
> Challenges offer opportunities for people to talk and work together, and to do
> things better and smarter. We in Lane County have the opportunity to choose
> how we manage the challenges confronting us. ... At an all-day conference on
> Wednesday in Eugene, we in Lane County can learn from REALTORS® and other
> experts from across the state and nation about ways to grow better and
> smarter. ... Old and new challenges could affect our quality of life in Lane
> County. Join us in seeking common ground for moving forward together.
And this from ³Slant² in the latest Eugene Weekly:
> Isn't "smart growth" an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms? After all, even at
> 1 percent growth, population will double in one lifetime (72 years) and
> quadruple in two lifetimes, and how can that be sustainable? So when we heard
> about the "Moving Forward Together" conference on "smart growth" ... we were
> skeptical. A few years ago we would have expected the same old line of
> thinking from a gathering of real estate brokers, local officials and state
> transportation "experts." But today's realities of climate change, peak oil,
> pollution and changing traffic patterns are gradually altering conventional
> attitudes. ... Old attitudes die hard in the real estate, transportation and
> construction industries, but change is afoot, and this conference offers a
> glimpse into the future.
Indeed, expect to hear:
* West Eugene Collaborative facilitators Dennis Donald and John Huyler from
The Osprey Group in Colorado talk about "Collaboration: Why bother?"
* Regional planning expert John Fregonese talk about ³Vision without action
is hallucination: Charting a course for Lane County.²
* Bob McNamara from the National Association of REALTORS and developer Skip
Rotticci from Oregon talk about "The future ain't what it used to be: The
changing nature of development."
* Economists Joe Cortright and Terry Moore talk about "What do high gas
prices mean for housing markets?"
* And Big Look Task Force member Steve Clark and Reid Ewing of the National
Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland talk about ³Pieciing
together the puzzle: Land use, transportation, climate change and everything
We will also hear from former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening, and at
least one surprise is planned for the day.
For the full program, visit:
A similar all-day program in a big city like Portland would easily run into
the hundreds of dollars. Here in Lane County, we are offering the day for
So what are you waiting for? Space is still available. But a similar
opportunity won¹t come along in Lane County for years.
For Moving Forward Together,
rzako at efn.org
(541) 343-5201 (voice)
(541) 683-6333 (fax)
1280-B East 28th Ave., Eugene, OR 97403-1616
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