Metroplan to Launch Speaker Series Next Week | Arkansas Business News – Arkansas News

Metroplan to Launch Speaker Series Next Week | Arkansas Business News – Arkansas News

Metroplan, the central Arkansas regional planning organization, is introducing a new “Better Communities Lecture Series” at 6:30 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Jeffrey Hawkins Conference Room at 501 W. Markham St. in Little Rock. 

The public will have the opportunity to hear Joe Minicozzi of Urban3 speak at either time on city planning issues, and both lectures are free to attend.

Urban3 of Asheville, North Carolina, is a consulting firm created by Asheville real estate developer Public Interest Projects. Urban3 is pioneering geo-spatial respresentation of econmic productivity, according to a news release. 

Minicozzi’s lecture is titled “Understanding Market Forces in Regional Development.”

Metroplan Executive Director Tab Townsell said Friday morning that 111 people had already registered to attend the events. There were 10-11 spots left for the morning session and about 35 spots left for the evening session, though walk-ins are welcome. 

The organization requests that those planning to attend call ahead. 

He described the series as a “sidebar” to the Interstate 30 crossing discussion and said there is a need to elevate planning concepts in the region with something like this. 

“Part of the reason for this is that we look at the big decision points, like the 30 crossing, and say ‘There’s a lot of contentions to whether we want to do this, whether we don’t want to do this, and what are the long-term implications of making this decision?'” Townsell said. “But what a lot of people don’t really consider is that this decision being thrust upon us is also the result of many, many smaller decisions made at various micro levels … decisions that we…

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