Revitalization Through Community Collaboration
More information on the speakers including bios and presentations, along with the conference agenda and video recording (video coming soon) of the conference are available here.
On September 13, 2010, the Office of Community Revitalization and Reinvestment held its 2nd Annual conference on redevelopment within Fairfax County. The 2010 conference, titled “Revitalization Through Community Collaboration,” focused on how residents, businesses, designers, developers and the public sector can work together to support redevelopment.
The conference, which was held in the Fairfax County Government Center, was attended by over 100 people. Attendees included a diverse set of representatives from among the local community, the real estate development industry and the public sector.
The conference included three speakers with extensive experience in community-engaged redevelopment. The speakers covered a wide range of topics, discussing varied approaches to engaging the community in redevelopment projects. Peggy Gaynor, a landscape architect from Seattle, Washington, presented a successful redevelopment project that, through community efforts, saw the transformation of a suburban mall parking lot into a model mixed-use development with the restoration of a local creek.
The second presentation was given by Jair Lynch, a local developer with a commitment to thoughtful redevelopment and a long-term approach to community involvement. Mr. Lynch provided an overview of his concept of neighborhood stages, and the kinds of revitalization efforts that are appropriate to each. Mr. Lynch reiterated the importance of engaging the local community to find support and inspiration.
The final speaker was Cecilia Cassidy, Executive Director for both the Rosslyn Renaissance and Rosslyn Business Improvement District. Rosslyn Renaissance is a membership organization that has spearheaded Rosslyn’s transformation over the past twenty years. In 2001, a business improvement district (BID) was established to support many of the activities initiated by Rosslyn Renaissance.