Keynote Speakers Announced for the Summit

10 Mar

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PCRG’s Sixth Annual Community Development Summit is rapidly approaching.  Our conference is daily taking shape—registration has opened, our list of presenters is currently being finalized, and we are setting the routes for our mobile workshops.  This year, we will be asking questions about how to empower people with the skills, resources, and capacity to transform places into equitable, healthy, and desirable communities.

We take our educational role seriously as we seek to bring the best, most relevant content to our Summit. Our success in doing so has been recognized year after year as attendees from across the East Coast and Midwest make the journey to Pittsburgh to learn from our stories as well as to bring us their own lessons of growth. Bringing in nationally recognized speakers for the Summit adds a broader perspective to the regional community development conversation.  We invite you to join us as we build relationships, learn from industry best practices, and dive deeply into the role of place and its importance in peoples’ lives.

We are excited to announce that this year, Charles Montgomery, noted author of Happy City, and Ed McMahon, Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute, will be addressing us as keynote speakers.  Both are deeply involved in the national dialogue about the role people play in shaping and ascribing meaning to place.

Charles Montgomery’s work explores the intersection between the psychology of happiness and urban design. His book Happy City was hailed as a “brilliant” and “compelling” work offering a transformative perspective on how people can create cities that work better for everyone. Widely published and awarded, his writing has focused on urban planning, psychology, science, and culture. Montgomery has taken an educational approach to his work as a public intellectual, conducting public experiences with museums and cultural institutions in a range of cities. To find out more, visit his website.

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Ed McMahon is respected internationally for his work in the area of sustainable and environmentally sensitive development practice. Prior to his appointment to the ULI, McMahon spent time with the Conservation Fund, Scenic America, and Georgetown University Law Center, giving him a strong background in the relationships between people, the environment, and public policy. In addition, McMahon has a background in economic development and community planning, having consulted in all fifty states on a variety of issues. McMahon is a prolific author who has written books and articles on conservation, urban development, infrastructure, and planning.


We are excited to partner with these speakers as well as with our presenters to bring you our most topically diverse Summit yet. For more information about previous Summits, please visit our archive of past Summit sessions. To register, please visit our conference website.