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National Expert Headlines Innovative Cities Event


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Thursday, June 17, 2010
5 to 7:30 p.m.

WHAT:  Former White House Director of Urban Affairs Adolfo Carrión Jr. will deliver the keynote address at “Innovative Cities: Best Practices in Urban Development.” UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan and Middlesex Community College President Carole Cowan will share their vision of Lowell’s urban college town during the keynote event.

The conference, chaired by U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, showcases the economic and social development success of six small to mid-sized cities ߝ Ann Arbor, Mich.; Asheville, N.C.; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Milwaukee, Wis.; Portland, Ore.; and Lowell. The presentations and workshops on best practices on Friday, June 18 are aimed at improving the health of the nation’s small- to mid-sized cities.

Carrión, who left the White House June 1 for a post as regional director of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is an expert in coordinating the policies of government into an effective agenda for urban America.

The conference, which runs from Thursday, June 17 to Saturday, June 19, is expected to attract 200 urban policy-makers, city planners, business leaders, urban affairs scholars and those from many other professions.

On Saturday, June 19, Tsongas and members of Congress who sit on the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition will host a field hearing to examine legislative ideas that are generated during the conference.

The event is co-presented by UMass Lowell, The Lowell Plan, Lowell National Historical Park and Middlesex Community College.

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WHERE:   UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

For more information, contact or 978-934-3224