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Community event
Economic Benefits of Walkable and Bike Friendly Communities
Thursday, May 09
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

There's growing evidence that providing great places to walk and bicycle is a successful strategy for maintaining or restoring economic vitality. Charlottesville is consistently recognized as both a Walk Friendly and Bicycle Friendly Community and opportunities abound to promote these features as we strive to attract people to live, work and play in our community. 

Please join us for a panel discussion and reception to talk about the value of walkable and bike friendly communities. Weigh in about how Charlottesville can attract the “Creative Class” and how the city can support the business and real estate community through better development.

Leading the conversation will be Kathy Galvin, Charlottesville City Council and PLACE Task Force; Chris Engel, Director, Charlottesville Office of Economic Development; Frank Stoner, President, Milestone Partners and Charlottesville Area Real Estate; Paul Beyer, R.L. Beyer Homes and Tom Tom Fest; and Kurt Burkhart, Executive Director Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau and Member Downtown Business Association.

A 45 minute pre-recorded presentation will set the stage for our conversation.  Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, will provide information on VTPI’s work to identify and calculate different economic benefits related to non-motorized facilities, in areas such as productivity and spending. Martha Roskowski, Green Lane Project Director, will discuss how communities are capitalizing on walkable and bike-friendly development to attract top talent and enhance economic competitiveness. A case study from the Niagara (Ontario) Region will describe the Economic Value of Active Transportation Project, which supports citizens and decision makers working on active transportation and built environment initiatives and aims to create a calculator tool that can demonstrate the economic impact of non-motorized projects.

Continuing Education Credits: Those who document professional development hours will receive one hour of training (1 CEU).

For more information please contact Amanda Poncy, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Charlottesville, 970-3720 or

CitySpace, Market Street Parking Garage
100 Fifth Street, NE
Charlottesville VA, 22902
CitySpace: 434-260-1076
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