What kind of design fosters community, enhances economic growth, and promotes good health? How can we creatively plan for streets that are for everyone, not just cars, and for travel alternatives such as walkable paths, bike trails, and a coordinated network of viable public transit options? At the same time, how do we preserve a sense of place, a unique character and identity that feels like home?

To explore these questions, Disability Network/Lakeshore and our partners will host a Livable Communities event on Tuesday, November 9th from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. located at the Alpenrose Restaurant in Holland, MI. As a community member interested in issues regarding health, recreation, sustainability, and economic growth of a community, we would like to invite you to attend!

Christopher Zimmerman of Arlington, VA, will be the evening keynote speaker on the topic of economic development as related to smart growth. Mr. Zimmerman, a County Commissioner, specializes in affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and other related urban design. Marjora Carter, Executive Director of Sustainable South Bronx, will provide a live video feed; and Dan Burden, founder and Executive Director of Walkable and Livable Communities, Inc., will be on hand for the question and answer session.

The invitation for this event is attached to this email. For more information, or to register for this event, visit: www.dnlakeshore.org/events.html.  The registration deadline for this event is Monday, November 1st.

Lastly, we would like to thank our sponsors for making this event possible: MAX Transit , City of Zeeland, Hope College , Herman Miller, Lumir Properties, LLC and Holland Charter Township .