March 2011

Join the Sacramento Valley APA for a discussion with Renaissance Planner Bill Fulton on the good, the bad, and the ugly of economic development based on his new book: 

Romancing the Smokestack: How Cities and States Pursue Prosperity

Friday, April 22, 2011  

Globe Mills
1131 "C" Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

  • 4:30 – 5:00 pm  Registration & Networking
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm  Discussion with Mr. Fulton
  • 6:00 – 6:45 pm  Book Signing & Reception

Cost: APA members $10/nonmembers $15 (tickets purchased by April 20th)Tickets at the door: $20 

(send checks made out to SVS-APA c/o Julia Lave Johnston, 2324 Marshall Way, Sacramento, CA 95818—questions? Please contact Tracey Ferguson at 916.325.1429)

Please join the Sacramento Valley APA Section to discuss economic development with Bill Fulton. His latest book, Romancing the Smokestack: How Cities and States Pursue Prosperity is a collection of 60 economic development columns printed in Governing magazine over a 15-year period. They reveal the good, the bad, and the ugly of how economic development is practiced in our communities.
Books will be available for purchase at the event.

 A hosted reception with wine, beer, and light appetizers will follow the discussion.

You can read an excerpt from Mr. Fulton’s book at:

The Historic Globe Mills innovative adaptive reuse project turned a former grain mill into a mixed use site with the help of redevelopment funds as a result of public/private partnerships.
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