ARCHIVE 2011

Greenfield's Past - Greenfield's Future

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FREE Talk Wed, March 2, 7-9pm
at the Second Congregational Church on the Greenfield Town Common

Are you a history buff? A Futurist? Or both? If yes, come hear Dr. John Mullin, renowned speaker, consultant, author, and UMass Professor, and explore with him Greenfield’s Past - Greenfield’s Future and engage in an exciting dialogue.

This free talk, brought to Greenfield by a collaborative effort of the Pioneer Valley Institute (PVI) and Greening Greenfield Energy Committee (GGEC), will be held Wednesday, March 2, 7-9pm at the Second Congregational Church on the Greenfield Town Common.

In the 1800s and early 1900s Greenfield was a thriving mill town. After losing its manufacturing jobs in the mid-1900s, it is now experiencing a renaissance! But, how will changes in our population, businesses, rising oil prices and the effects of climate change impact Greenfield and surrounding communities? And what can we do now to ensure Greenfield’s continuing rebirth and economic vitality?

“Dr. Mullin has a fascinating way of making the past come alive. He will bring little-known facts about local shifts in population - who we are - what we do - and help us explore shaping our future,” said Carol Letson, who belongs to both the Pioneer Valley Institute (PVI) and Greening Greenfield Energy Committee (GGEC). “It is this link between the past and the future that inspired PVI and GGEC to collaborate to bring Dr. Mullin to Greenfield.”

In addition to being the Dean of the UMass Graduate School, Director of the Center for Economic Development, and Professor in the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department, he is also President of Mullin Associates Incorporated, a research and planning consultation practice that focuses on studies, plans and recommendations concerning economic revitalization and industrial development.

The Pioneer Valley Institute is a program of the Greenfield Community College that celebrates the Connecticut River Valley’s past, present and future and examines its history, cultures and arts, geology and natural life, and its agricultural and industrial traditions. The Greening Greenfield Energy Committee works with the Town to use ‘greening’ as the inspirational and economic engine to build a sustainable future to current and future generations can enjoy life in this beautiful abundant valley. For more information go to www.GreeningGreenfield.org or Google Pioneer Valley Institute.

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