Newago Economic Development Organization (NEDO) kicks off Walkability initiative with international expert Jeff Speck.
NEDO is pleased to announce the arrival of international walkability expert Jeff Speck for a week of analysis, consultation, and presentation on what the city can do to improve mobility, which includes pedestrian walking and bicycling. "We want to become the model for rural, small town walkability." Stated Scott Faulkner, Board Chairman of NEDO. "Through our I Am Newaygo! Campaign, our stakeholders are telling us that slowing traffic down, improving safety, and increasing walkability and bicycling is one of their top priorities."
Jeff Speck, Author of Walkable City- How Downtown can Save America One Step at a Time, has done extensive walkability work around the world, across the country, and has had extensive experience in Grand Rapids and Ada Townships reinventing the pedestrian and bicycling experiences along the way. "I am very excited to come back to West Michigan, this time to Newaygo, to offer the best ideas that cities are implementing around the country to improve the overall citizen experience. People are created to walk- most cities aren't, and we like to change that!" Speck commented.
The public is welcome to attend a lecture and local findings and recommendations by Mr. Speck on Thursday, October 26 at 6:00 PM at Newaygo High School.
"We highly encourage our stakeholders and citizens to come to Mr. Speck's Thursday evening presentation. It is the highlight of his week in town, and the city is looking forward to his recommendations. We expect those to be included in our Master Planning process now underway in the city." said Faulkner.
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