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Midcoast Maine a Focus at National Conventions

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MIDCOAST — Friends of Midcoast Maine (FMM) Executive Director Jane Lafleur has been invited to discuss the work of Friends of Midcoast Maine and midcoast communities at several national and regional meetings and seminars.

In February, 2012 she will be speaking at the New Partners for Smart Growth conference in San Diego, California on the public process used in recent Damariscotta efforts that have pioneered new methods for public involvement in community planning. Then, in April, 2012, Friends of Midcoast Maine will be at the American Planning Association’s national planning conference in Los Angeles to discuss FMM’s “community building” and public process workshops that were held recently in Belfast and Lincolnville, Maine. The latter workshops were held in collaboration with the Orton Family Foundation, Dreherdesign, and The Project for Public Spaces. Discussion included the use of public engagement, concepts such as “place making” and “streets as places”, plus policy changes to keep, create, or retrofit great communities and downtowns. The integration of these tools to build great places has never been used before and is of great interest to communities nation-wide.

Lafleur also recently spoke at the Project for Public Spaces Training on “Streets as Places” in New York City. The topics included collaborations with transportation officials and other organizations. In early November she was a keynote speaker at the Juice Conference held in Camden, Maine and highlighted lighter, quicker, and cheaper actions towns can take to engage citizens and build quality communities.

This past fall, FMM presented at the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association in Burlington, VT and at the Southern New England Chapter of APA in Providence, RI on FMM’s work in Damariscotta, Maine in collaboration with the Town and the Orton Family Foundation over the past three years.

Friends of Midcoast Maine is a regional non-profit organization working to assist communities with land use planning, public engagement and community building and works to build consensus around local and regional discussions about the economy, the environment, transportation systems, land use and our communities. Friends of Midcoast Maine works in Midcoast communities from Brunswick to Bucksport, including peninsula and inland towns. For more information visit www.friendsmidcoast.org.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Jane Lafleur, Executive Director

Telephone Number: (207)236-1077

Website: http://www.friendsmidcoast.org

Email: info@friendsmidcoast.org