Downtown Delaware

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CONFERENCE KEYNOTE AND SPEAKERS:

  Joe Borgstrom, Principal, Place & Main Advisors, LLC. 

Joe Borgstrom is a Principal at Place & Main Advisors, LLC.  He is an accomplished professional in the fields of downtown Redevelopment, Community and Economic Development, Main Street and Placemaking.  His 18 year career includes executive management at the local and state level, project financial restructuring and evaluation, fund development, foreign direct investment recruitment, program creation and management, public speaking and consulting.  In addition, Joe is one of key implementers of the successful MIplace partnership, a statewide effort to increase placemaking in Michigan using state departments and statewide partner associations such as the Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Association of Realtors, and the Small Business Association of Michigan. He currently leads the creation of the “MIplace Development timeline” designed to not only map out the development process for a successful local placemaking project, but to connect it to the various potential state departments’ resources.

  Hal Real, Founder & President, Real Entertainment Group, Inc./World Cafe Live. 

Hal Real is President of Real Entertainment Group, creator and operator of the nationally-acclaimed World Cafe Live music, restaurant and event venues located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware. In 2008 he helped a team of artists and educators launch Live Connections, a nonprofit organization that creates innovative boundary-crossing music programs for children, special needs populations and the community-at-large. Currently he is board Chairman of LiveConnections, Vice Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and Co-Chair of the Wilmington Business Leaders Network and the Wilmington CEO Executive Summit. He also serves on the board of Wilmington Freire Charter School, Philadelphia’s Fringe Arts and the Chairman’s Council of the Philadelphia Zoo.

  Dr. Jules Bruck, PLA, ASLA, APLD is Associate Professor of Landscape Design at the University of Delaware. 

Dr. Bruck teaches foundations of landscape design, field sketching, and planting design. She also teaches landscape design courses at Longwood Gardens & Mt. Cuba Center.  She is a registered landscape architect (PA & DE) and a permanently certified member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.  She owns and operates Evolution Landscape Design, LLC with her husband, Tony.  With a love of travel and interest in experiential education, Dr. Bruck has conducted many study abroad trips to highlight design in both Brazil and Europe.  She recently chaired a committee to develop a new major for the University of Delaware – a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Architecture.  Recent design projects include ‘The Ramble’ in Laurel, DE and Discovery Playground in Seaford, DE.  Current research interests include design-based learning and public perception of sustainable landscape practices such as designing for ecosystem services.  Dr. Bruck has a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

  Ed Lewandowski, Coastal Communities Development Specialist and Acting Director of the Delaware Sea Grant College Program at the University of Delaware.

Ed Lewandowski coordinates the university’s Sustainable Coastal Communities Initiative, a position he has held since October 2011.  He is responsible for providing oversight and management for a variety of initiatives, including community-level land use planning, working waterfronts preservation and enhancement, economic development, open space protection, and marine recreation and tourism projects.  Prior to joining the University, Ed spent 13 years with the non-profit Delaware Inland Bays National Estuary Program, serving his final seven years with the organization as its Executive Director.  He holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and obtained his undergraduate degree in Marine Biology. Ed has been appointed to a number of public commissions and councils including the Delaware Nutrient Management Commission, the Delaware Natural Areas Advisory Council, the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers, the Town of Bridgeville Planning Commission, and most recently, the board of directors of Sussex Habitat for Humanity.

  Ben Muldrow, Partner at Arnett Muldrow & Associates. 

As Partner at Arnett Muldrow & Associates, Ben Muldrow is responsible for all community marketing and branding functions of the Greenville, SC-based urban planning firm. Ben helps communitiesto develop their brand identity through an open process including public design sessions and collaborative small groups. He has designed new branding and marketing elements for revitalization projects in over 400 communities nationwide and has worked in twelve of Delaware’s downtown communities, providing new brands and participating in the development of master plans.  A Greenville native and a graduate of the University of South Carolina, Muldrow was Strategic Branding Manager for NewSouth Communications and Owner of Mudduck Design, an advertising and graphic design company specializing in design for residential home builders, developers, real estate, and support businesses in the industry.

     Jim Rapp and Dave Wilson, Principals, Conservation Community Consulting LLC. 

Conservation Community Consulting LLC combines over 40 years of experience in the conservation and nature tourism fields. Principals Jim Rapp and Dave Wilson have spent their careers on the Delmarva Peninsula and throughout Maryland working with local governments to promote ecotourism and to protect the natural beauty that fosters it. Rapp held the director post at the Salisbury Zoo for 15 years before being tapped in 2007 as the director of Delmarva Low Impact Tourism Experiences, a business-sponsored nature tourism outfit created to entice tourists with hiking, biking, cycling and birding trails and events it helped spawn. Rapp currently serves as the executive director of the Hazel Outdoor Discovery Center and is the past president and current board member of the Wicomico Environmental Trust, Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council, Assateague Coastal Trust and Nanticoke Watershed Alliance. CCC specializes in nature tourism assessments, event coordination and planning, as well as social media and outreach needs for conservation organizations. CCC helps write and choose appropriate grants for organizations, develop and implement outreach campaigns, and work with local, state, and federal governments to direct policy for tourism and wildlife needs. 

Don’t miss your chance to celebrate successes in business districts statewide!  Downtown Delaware will recognize individuals and organizations who best embody its mission of providing our State’s historic downtowns, communities and small businesses with tools to revitalize their commercial districts, increase entrepreneurism and innovation, and enhance quality of place with the 2016 EXCELLENCE in DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION AWARDS!

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