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Protecting Community Character in the Brandywine Valley, Wilmington, DE


You are invited to explore the “Dollars and Sense of Protecting Community Character in the Brandywine Valley” with a presentation by Ed McMahon of the Urban Land Institute at the upcoming FREE public event on October 29th from 6-9pm at The Pilot School in Wilmington, Delaware.

The evening’s program will include:

6:00pm – 7:00pm Share Fair & Networking Social

This will be an opportunity to meet and greet local government representatives, local and regional organizations, and community members interested in protecting and stewarding the Brandywine Valley's community character and natural, cultural, and historical assets to drive local economic development, tourism, and more!

7:00pm – 9:00pm Public Forum

Attendees will learn about the economic, social and environmental benefits of protecting a community’s “sense of place”, as well as the value of open space and historic resources. Learn about significant tools that can be used to protect community character, including education, voluntary initiatives, non-regulatory actions, and alternatives to conventional residential and commercial planning and development. The session will address the challenges in preserving a community's unique character and sense of place and ways to generate public support and the political will to use available tools

This program features a presentation by Ed McMahon with the Urban Land Institute on the Dollars and Sense of Protecting Community Character. Q&A and a discussion of the kick-off of the Balancing Nature and Commerce Program will follow the presentation.

A Kick-Off Event!: This free public event will kick-off the planning for a 2‐day action planning workshop to connect nature and commerce by identifying regional, community‐driven projects that capitalize on recently established First State National Historical Park and abundant natural, cultural, and historical assets throughout the region. Contact us to learn more!

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Registration for the public event is free, but we would appreciate your RSVP. The deadline to register is Thursday, October 25th.