Strengthening Communities to be Discussed at Upcoming Meetings

Two meetings scheduled for the evening of Thursday, Nov. 7 in Bloomsburg have a focus on strengthening communities in Columbia and Montour Counties. The first is being hosted by the Town of Bloomsburg to allow new administrative staff in several departments to introduce themselves, discuss concerns, and answer questions. Later that evening, a professional engineer and land use planner will talk about “The Foolproof Town: Identifying Productive Places.” Business and community leaders as well as interested citizens are invited to attend both events.

The meeting being hosted by the Town will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall, 911 Market Street. In addition to the Town Manager, representatives of the Code Enforcement office and Police Department are scheduled to participate.

The Exchange and DRIVE are then co-hosting Charles Marohn of StrongTowns.org from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Greenly Center on Main Street. Charles L. “Chuck” Marohn, Jr., is the founder and president of Strong Towns and the author of Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity.  He is a professional engineer licensed in the state of Minnesota and a land-use planner with two decades of experience; he holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s of urban and regional planning, both from the University of Minnesota.  Marohn hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America.  He is featured in the documentary film Owned: A Tale of Two Americas and was named one of the Ten Most Influential Urbanists of all time by Planetizen. 

Downtown Danville

Downtown Danville

Among the questions that Strong Towns raises: What development do we want?  What do we not want?  What does “development” even mean?  And how do we ensure wealth creation that benefits all of our fellow citizens? This event aims to energize the region-wide discussion to encourage people from throughout Columbia and Montour counties to work together to find answers for each of our places and for our region as a whole.

Other sponsors include Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc.; the Danville Business Alliance; the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation; the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau; the United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties; and Community Strategies Group.

Light refreshments will be available at The Greenly Center.

RSVP for the event at The Greenly Center to Oren B. Helbok at The Exchange at 570-317-2596 or email. There is no need to RSVP for the meeting at the Fire Hall. Both events are free to attend.