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Maryland State & County Officials Join CDC’s and Economic Development Corporation to Sponsor Conference on Revitalization In Prince George’s County

(EMAILWIRE.COM, October 24, 2008 ) Largo, MD – Local nonprofit community developers, Gateway CDC, Hyattsville CDC, and the Port Towns CDC are teaming up with the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation to host their second annual primer on community development, ‘The Urban Edge Conference series.’ This year’s theme, “Discovering Overlooked Opportunities at the Urban Edge,” will highlight overlooked opportunities throughout the Urban Edge communities of Prince George’s County, and offer asset-based development approaches, and local land use tools to help community based organizations structure projects. The conference will be held on October 29, 2008, 8am – 4pm, at Joe’s Movement Emporium, l3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mt Rainier, Maryland. The cost of the conference with lunch is $65. However, students may attend at a discounted rate.

The Urban Edge conference will feature key development practitioners, such as John Porcari, Secretary of Transportation for the State of Maryland, Honorable Samuel Parker, Jr., Chairman, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's Planning Board, Douglas Duncan, Vice-President for Administrative Affairs for the University of Maryland, College Park, Will Reed, Vice President of Stainback Public/Private Real Estate LLC, and Garth Rockcastle, Dean of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland and a principle of MS&R Architects.

Conference participants will be exposed to the ways businesses, developers, and residents can benefit from discovering and building upon the overlooked core strengths and fundamental character of Prince George’s County’s established communities. Critical examination of recent transit oriented development activity, public/private partnership structures, asset-based development approaches, and local land use tools will be among the featured topics covered during the three-session, day-long event.

According to Stuart Eisenberg, Executive Director of the Hyattsville CDC, “Development and real estate investment opportunities are abound in Prince George’s County. This conference’s community development sponsors know where they are how and to find them. The Urban Edge conference series highlights those opportunities and the inevitable pitfalls to avoid, drawing on the experiences of recent development efforts, and explores some of the methods available to work effectively with local community groups and governments to craft feasible projects.”

For more information on the Urban Edge Conference, visit

Prince George's County Economic Developm
Pat Thornton


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