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Thursday, April 20, 2017, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
The West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission would like to invite you to a series of events we’re hosting with Strong Towns Director Chuck Marohn on Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Eau Claire.

Local leaders are invited to learn more about Strong Towns and their model of development that allows communities and neighborhoods to grow financially strong and resilient. These events are for elected officials; government staff such as planners, engineers, and finance directors; business and institutional leaders; and others involved in municipal finance and infrastructure, so please consider attending with your colleagues. Attached is a flyer for the events that we welcome you to post and share.

These events will be at RCU’s Corporate Office in the Chippewa River Room (200 Riverfront Terrace, Eau Claire, WI). Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon: Strong Towns Overview – Chuck Marohn, PE, AICP, will share his knowledge about developing financially productive communities and you'll have the chance to speak with him about transportation, engineering, finance, or planning issues occurring in your community. Please bring your questions and ideas to the table. Learn more and register here.

  • 12:00 noon – 1:00 PM: Enjoy lunch on your own in downtown Eau Claire – many restaurants are available.

  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Walking Tour – Chuck Marohn will lead a walking tour in downtown Eau Claire in which participants will discover how to view their community through the Strong Towns perspective while identifying current challenges and discussing possible solutions to their built environment. The walking tour is a way for attendees to see the bridge between topics shared in our morning presentation and the local context. Learn more and register here.

A public event will be held that evening at the Eau Claire Public Library (400 Eau Claire Street):

  • 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM: Curbside Chat – Chuck Marohn will give a public presentation followed by a community discussion about the financial health of our places. This classic Strong Towns talk, which has been given in dozens of cities across the country, is centered on the question, “Why, despite all the growth America has experienced, do our cities struggle financially just to accomplish basic tasks?” This stunning presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient and obtain true prosperity during changing times. Learn more here. Registration not required for the evening event.

If you’re new to Strong Towns, here are 5 Essential Strong Towns Articles to get you started.

This is the first in what we plan to make an annual event in which we host a speaker to inspire leaders in our region to address challenges that our communities face. We believe this event will be valuable to you, as we feel the mission of Strong Towns complements our mission in this region to plan for sustainable development.

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