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Coastal Growth Strategies Course Set for August
Posted Friday, July 13, 2012
Local officials are invited to attend a one-day program designed to help governing boards integrate community water quality goals with sound strategies for growth and redevelopment. This leadership training is scheduled for Aug. 16 at the Western Park Community Center in Cedar Point. It is organized by North Carolina Sea Grant, the North Carolina Coastal Federation and several other coastal partners.
"We are thrilled to be able to provide a venue for local officials to share coastal growth management experiences and resources with one another. There are some really exciting initiatives out there and we are bringing people together to showcase them," says Lauren Kolodij, NCCF deputy director.
This course aims to improve participants' understanding of the connection between land use and water quality, highlight benefits of stakeholder and public involvement in environmental decision making, and illustrate ways to integrate water resource protection and restoration into public policies and programs.
"This event is a unique opportunity for local governments to spend time with and learn from neighboring communities about not only similar environmental issues — but also solutions," notes Gloria Putnam, Sea Grant coastal resources and communities specialist.
The discussions will focus on programs, projects and innovative regional planning efforts that are being implemented in North Carolina coastal communities.
Local government-elected officials will receive recognition for attendance through the Local Elected Leaders Academy (www.sog.unc.edu/programs/lela/), a program of continuous education, offered in partnership by the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government, the N.C. League of Municipalities and the N.C. Association of County Commissioners.
To register, provide your name, local government affiliation, address, telephone number, and email address to Lauren Kolodij at email@example.com or call 252/393-8185. The $20 fee covers breaks, lunch and meeting materials. The registration deadline is Aug. 13.
For more information, visit www.ncseagrant.org/cgs.
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