Smart Growth Exemplified: Where Colleges Meet Communities

Posted by Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission on May 19, 2014

Smart Growth Exemplified: Where Colleges Meet Communities
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 8:00 am to 11:30 am
PECO Energy Hall, 2301 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA
PECO Building
2301 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA


Years ago, colleges wanted to remove themselves from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. They often created internally-focused, walled-off campuses. Nowadays, colleges are embracing the wider community, looking for ways to reconnect their campuses to their neighborhoods and regular street life.

How is this working?

How have classic town and gown issues changed in the smart growth era?

Our panel of experts will discuss recent expansions at local colleges; future expansion and construction plans; market issues for colleges that are incorporating retail shops, restaurants, research facilities, and private housing; how colleges are appealing to a new generation of students; interaction of colleges with their local neighborhood; and impacts on the broader community.
Panelists include representatives of Temple, Rowan, Drexel, University of Pennsylvania, the Chestnut Hill community, and Radnor Township.

8:00 am

Registration / refreshments / networking

8:30 am

Overview of smart growth issues related to college growth and communities

8:50 am

Panel Presentation

10:20 am

Facilitated discussion with moderator, speakers, and audience

11:00 am

Program ends / discussion and networking

11:30 am

End of event
Confirmed Speakers:

  • James Creedon, Senior Vice President for Construction, Facilities, and Operations, Temple University
  • Donald Moore, Senior Vice President for Facilities, Planning, and Operations, Rowan University
  • Larry McEwan, Chestnut Hill Land Use Committee
  • Jim Tucker, Senior Vice President for Student Life and Administrative Services, Drexel University
  • Anne Papageorge, Vice President of Facilities and Real Estate Services, University of Pennsylvania
  • Elaine Schaefer, President, Radnor Township Commissioners

Register Now!
Registration closes Wednesday, May 28. There will be a $15 surcharge for walk-in registration.
Event Sponsor: $500
Private Sector: $65
Public Sector: $40
Student: $10


  • Two tickets to the symposium
  • Logo and link to website posted on all electronic event materials
  • Verbal recognition at the symposium
  • Logo and name on all printed materials, programs, and event signage
  • Opportunity to distribute one item to symposium attendees
  • Recognition on the DVSGA website

Seating is limited, please register early!

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