TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- Westchester civic and business leaders will learn to “think different” to open the door to economic opportunity at “Rethinking Westchester: A Blueprint for Smart Growth,” a conference for planning, zoning, and land-use professionals; municipal officials, developers, and the business community.
The conference, organized by the Westchester County Association as part of their BLUEPRINT for Westchester initiative, will take place at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown on Friday, June 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. “Rethinking Westchester” is designed to educate and encourage local elected and appointed officials to think creatively about innovative approaches to economic development, said Marissa Brett, executive director of the WCA’s BLUEPRINT for Westchester. “Westchester County has the potential to emerge as a hotbed of innovation, but both business and municipal leaders need to work collaboratively and adopt an entrepreneurial mindset. In other words, we need to follow the example of a great innovative company like Apple and ‘Think Different.’” National experts in site selection, public-private partnerships, 21st century infrastructure, and revitalizing local communities will offer detailed lessons on successful innovative approaches to improving cities, towns, villages, and regions. The morning keynote speaker, Mark M. Sweeney, a world-renowned site selection expert and senior principal at McCallum Sweeney Consulting, will explain how smart communities pro-actively prepare themselves to work with site developers. The afternoon keynoter, Kathryn S. Wylde, president and CEO of Partnership for New York City, will discuss the use of public-private partnerships to help fund important public projects. “Everyone who attends this conference will gain a better understanding of the importance of creating vibrant communities to attract business and a talented workforce; they’ll also learn how to fund projects at a time when public dollars are limited,” said William Mooney, president of the Westchester County Association, which created the BLUEPRINT for Westchester, a private sector initiative to spur economic development in the county.
For more information and tickets, contact Julia Emrick at 948-6444 or visit www.westchester.org
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