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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
ETCompetes! Speaker Series: Secrets of Successful Communities
East TN Quality Growth
March 24, 2014 - In the ever-changing world of economic development it is imperative that communities in East Tennessee recognize the paradigm shift that is happening nationally in regards to enhanced community character, retail, real estate and economic changes.

In an effort to foster change and growth all around our beautiful region ETCompetes! in conjunction with their partners, East Tennessee Quality Growth, NAI, US Bank, and University of Tennessee School of Landscape Architecture are sponsoring 2 workshops featuring nationally recognized speaker, Ed McMahon, Urban Land Institute Senior Resident Fellow.

Mr. McMahon spent 14 years as the vice-president and director of land use planning for the Conservation Fund in Arlington, VA where he helped protect more than 5 million acres of land that has historic or natural significance. McMahon is also the cofounder and former president of Scenic America, a national nonprofit organization devoted to protecting America's scenic landscapes.

Mr. McMahon will be discussing how to build a prosperous community; how leaders can take inventory of their community's assets & incorporate those into a vision; and he will present the "Seven Secrets of Successful Communities." From community leaders to committed citizens in our region we urge you to attend this free event and take information back to your community on how to grow and prosper in the future.

"Secrets of Successful Communities" will be offered on March 26 and March 27, 2014. The Wednesday, March 26 event will take place at McCarty Auditorium Room on UT Campus from 5:00-6:30 p.m. The Thursday, March 27 event will take place at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville, TN from 10:30 a.m -12 p.m. To register for either event please contact Julie Graham at Julie.etqg@gmail.com or Dori Caron at dori.caron@knoxmpc.org.

East TN Quality Growth (ETQG) is a 501 c (3) organization incorporated in 2009 which seeks to serve the people of the 16 counties comprising the East Tennessee Development District. Headquartered in Knoxville, TN, the organization works to cultivate a regional voice through dialogue at the local level; build a regional understanding of quality growth and desired actions; facilitate collaboration and action, and to form a sustainable regional network of technical support resources for local decision makers and citizens. The Board of Directors is comprised of leaders in government, education, business, industry and environmental organizations from all of the represented counties.
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