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Building Stronger Communities with Chuck Marohn


On Tuesday, May 16, the Land of Sky Association of REALTORS, Roger McGuire Fund, City of Asheville, Urban3 and the Asheville Downtown Association will host a free presentation and discussion with Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns. The event will include a networking reception from 6:30-7pm, with the presentation and discussion from 7-8pm at The Collider in Downtown Asheville. This event is free, but please register by clicking here.

Chuck founded Strong Towns to help cities, towns and neighborhoods become financially resilient and develop a process that adapts to each community’s unique needs. He’s the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns and A World Class Transportation System, as well as the host of the Strong Towns Podcast. Get a glimpse of Chuck in action by viewing his TED Talk.

Join us for a presentation and discussion about the ­financial health of our places. For decades we have avoided a dif­ficult truth: Our pattern of development—the very way we build our towns and neighborhoods—costs more to maintain than it generates in return. Our cities and states now face a ­financial crisis of tremendous proportions. We can cut spending and we can raise taxes, but we will not be on a path to sustained prosperity unless we are willing to reform our approach to growth.

Chuck will answer questions like:

• Why are cities so short of resources despite decades of growth?

• Why do we struggle at the local level to maintain basic infrastructure?

• What do we do now that the economy has changed so dramatically?

The answers lie in the way we have developed; the fi­nancial productivity of our places. This presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient and obtain true prosperity during changing times.

Charles Marohn Biography
Charles Marohn - known as "Chuck" to friends and colleagues - is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He is the Founder and President of Strong Towns. Marohn has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute.

Marohn is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns — Volume 1 and Volume 2 — as well as A World Class Transportation System. He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America.