Connecticut Rural Lands Rural Towns Planning Conference

APA Connecticut Chapter


Thursday, June 13, 2019
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

Columbia, CT, United States

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A varied list of professionals provide insights and objective for planning and land use in rural communities.  The focus of this conference will be to illustrate planning tools and analysis of topics which are unique to small and rural communities in Connecticut.  This includes discussions on large regional planning collaboratives, viewing economic growth from the landscape of rural communities, case studies in rural economics, challenges for infrastructure in rural communities, especially decentralized and centralized wastewater solutions, basic housing for people of limited income and how to grow the rural economy through partnerships with conservation organizations and land trusts. 

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Jeanne Davies, AICP

Jeanne Davies, AICP, is Executive Director for Connecticut RC&D Area, Inc. a non-profit organization affiliated with USDA, specializing in community planning for sustained agriculture, conservation, and natural resource based economic growth. Retired as Deputy Director and Principal Planner for the Lower CT River Council of Governments and the CT River Estuary Regional Planning Agency, for fifteen years she was responsible for administration, grant writing, project management, and promoting planning collaboration between the region’s member towns, state, local agencies, and non- profit organizations. Before that, Jeanne worked ten years as East Lyme CT Planning and Economic Director, as Code Development Analyst for the City of Seattle, Assistant Planner for the City of West Haven, and a land use analyst for Bradgate Hargrave Development in Glastonbury. Accomplishments over the last thirty years, include: leading research and creation of a new MPO and the implementation for the first nationally successful merger of two adjacent MPOs; modernization of the Regional Transit District which moved the district from a senior citizen dial-a-ride service to a modern regional flex bus route system; initiating Connecticut’s first Regional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. In East Lyme, she planned, designed and obtained ... Read More

Thomas Tavella

Mr. Tavella has more than 30 years of experience in land use planning, landscape architecture and urban design. He has managed design teams that have prepared feasibility studies, master plans and site plans for downtown redevelopments, housing developments, parks and plazas, office buildings and private estates. His ability to work ... Read More

Kevin Hively

Kevin Hively is the founder of NP. He has more than 20 years of experience working with businesses and government on a variety of strategic market issues. Previously he was a member of the Global Leadership Management Group for Telesis, the strategy consulting arm of Towers Perrin. Kevin's clients ... Read More

Matt Jermine

Mr. Jermine is a senior project engineer in the Water and Wastewater business unit. Matthew has a broad understanding of wastewater management techniques with his extensive experience as a systems’ planner, evaluator, and designer. His top notch analysis and problem solving skills are heavily relied upon by his peers. He ... Read More

Donna Taglianetti

Donna Taglianetti helps mission-driven organizations strengthen their ability to achieve transformative results for their customers and their community. She has significant experience in strategy and business planning, nonprofit management, growth, resource development and impact. Donna has many years of senior management experience in community-based nonprofit organizations and spent 10 years ... Read More

Amy Blaymore Paterson

Amy joined the Connecticut Land Conservation Council (CLCC) in 2010 as its first Executive Director. Working with the CLCC Board of Directors and Advisory Council, Amy provides the Connecticut land conservation community with technical assistance, training and advocacy to further advance permanent land conservation across the state. Before joining CLCC ... Read More

Laurie Giannotti

Laurie Giannotti is the Coordinator for the Recreational Trails and Greenways Programs for the Dept. ofEnergy and Environmental Protection. She has run a federal grants program that supports trail maintenance and development and acting as a liaison to the CT Greenways Council over the last 6 years. Mrs. Giannotti’s ... Read More

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