Practical Visionaries Forum March 14: Transformative Economic Development

The word “transformation” is on the tips of many tongues these days, especially for those wanting an economy that works for all our communities. The next Practical Visionaries Forum will feature two transformative economic strategies designed for cities that have been left behind and hardest hit by the economic crisis. MIT’s Phil Thompson will talk about Cleveland’s innovative strategy to leverage the power of anchor institutions for community wealth, featured in a recent report he co-authored The Anchor Mission: A Case Study of University Hospitals Vision 2010 Program. MassINC’s Ben Forman will present MassINC’s new report Transformative Redevelopment: Strategic State Policy for Gateway City Growth and Renewal. Two community leaders will be respondents to the two presentations: Aaron Tanaka (outgoing director Boston Workers Alliance) and Juan Leyton (outgoing director Massachusetts Neighbor to Neighbor).

Practical Visionaries Forum presents

Transformative Economic Development

Thursday, March 14, 4:30-6:00 pm

Tufts University, Paige Hall Terrace Room

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Phil Thompson is an urban planner and political scientist. He received a M.U.P. from Hunter College, and a PhD. in Political Science from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Phil worked as Deputy General Manager of the New York Housing Authority, and as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Coordination.

Ben Forman is MassINC’s research director and focuses on urban policy, economic development strategies and housing policies. Prior to joining MassINC in 2008, Ben oversaw strategic planning for the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation. Ben completed his master’s degree in city planning at MIT.

Light Refreshments will be served.

Co-Sponsored by Tufts Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning Colloquium, Tufts New Economy Group, and the AS&E Diversity Fund

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Distinguished Senior Lecturer and Director of Master of Public Policy and Community Practice, Tufts University Department of Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning

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