Cameron University Business Research Center to host business forum focusing on revitalization of cities

Cameron University’s Bill W. Burgess, Jr. Business Research Center (BBRC) will host “How to Revitalize the Cities,” a public forum, on Thursday, March 2, at 2 p.m. in Room 221 of the McMahon Centennial Complex. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Charles Warnken, Associate Dean, Division of Regional & City Planning, College of Architecture, and University of Oklahoma. The forum is open to the public at no charge. 

“Over the past few decades, smaller cities in the United States as well as in other developed nations have faced mounting economic challenges linked to declining or stagnant population,” says Dr. Syed Ahmed, Director, BBRC. “The revitalization of such cities is an integral part of a sustainable economic development program.”  

Warnken will provide an overview of key concepts and best practices in community revitalization strategies. He will also discuss various tools and programs used by communities across Oklahoma as part of their community redevelopment efforts. Particular attention will be paid to the emerging role of the arts community and non-profit sector, as well as place-based investment strategies as important components of a comprehensive economic development plan for the city and region.

A panel discussion will take place following Warnken’s presentation. Joining the panel will Mayor Fred L. Fitch, City of Lawton; Dr. Tom Thomas, President, Lawton-Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation; Richard Rogalski, Director, Lawton Enhancement Trust Authority; and Dr. Rosemary Bellino, President, Lawton Beautiful, Inc.

For more information, contact Dr. Syed Ahmed at 580-581-2430.

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February 20, 2017