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2011 Speaker Series - 5/25/11

May 25th 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Live and Enjoy: Sector Planning and Non-Traditional Partnerships: the Port Towns Example - CM 1.5

Presentation Description:

This Speaker Series event focuses on the Envision Prince George's quality of life areas of "Live" and "Enjoy." As communities increasingly understand and address the impacts of their growth and development patterns on residents’ health and wellness, the local land use planning process offers a unique opportunity to bring together diverse partners and advance strategies to improve community health. The Port Towns, four small urban communities in Prince George’s County, Maryland, joined together to put health considerations—ranging from access to healthy foods to walkability—at the center of land use and development planning, linking the effort to a larger community health initiative. The Speaker Series discussion will focus on how the County used the sector planning process to support a community’s health and wellness goals as defined in terms of land use and planning principles. The Port Towns Sector plan will serve as a case study for this presentation and discussion, particularly focusing on the progress that has been made within the community following plan approval.

new May 25, 2011, Putting Health at the Center of Community Planning: Non-Traditional Partnerships, Deana Rhodeside, Ph.D.

new The Port Towns Cmmunity: From Surviving to Sustaining, Sadara Barrows

new Investing in Health in the Port Towns, Celeste A. James

new Gray Street to Green Street, Adam Ortiz

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Presenters’ Biographies:

Celeste James: Program Director for Community Health Initiatives at Kaiser Permanente. Ms. James helps low income communities increase their capacity to influence policy, practice and the built environment, in order to enable people to make healthy choices about where they live, work, play. She facilitates collaboration between residents and institutional stakeholders, youth, elected officials, public agencies and foundations in order to leverage citizen assets and create systems-level change.

Sadara Barrows: A 28-year resident of the Port Towns, Ms. Barrows is the Executive Director of the Port Towns CDC. She is also a Councilmember in the Town of Colmar Manor, a Maryland State Commissioner representing Prince George’s County on the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission, and a board member of the Anacostia Heritage Area Authority, Inc. and the Anacostia Watershed Society.

Adam Ortiz: Mayor of Edmonston, MD – one of the Port Towns. Mayor Ortiz has been actively involved in implementing sustainable solutions to environmental issues within his town. He has, for example, enabled the construction of a state-of-the-art flood control system to reduce major flooding problems, and has constructed the “east coast’s Greenest Street”. He is the President of the Maryland Mayor’s Association, President of the Port Towns CDC and is a board member of the Anacostia Watershed Society. He also serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor, Anthony Brown.


Deana Rhodeside, Ph.D.: Director and co-founder of the planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm of Rhodeside & Harwell. Ms. Rhodeside, an urban planner, led the consultant team working with the Maryland-National Capital Planning Commission on the Port Town Sector Plan. Her current work includes a number of community-focused urban revitalization plans including a redevelopment plan for the Baileys Crossroads area in Fairfax County, VA; transit-oriented development work at six commuter rail stations in Virginia; and a Transit Vision Plan for the Hampton Roads region.