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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Green Workshop Today At Coudersport

PA Historical Society Director To
Present Green Workshop
In Coudersport On Wednesday At PCEC

Mike Groman

Michael is the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Senior Director of State and National Outreach.

Building on his former role as Senior Director of the Society’s acclaimed Philadelphia Green urban greening program, Michael is now heading a new venture to extend the Philadelphia Green model to other municipalities in the state of Pennsylvania that are looking to experience the positive environmental, social, and economic impacts of greening.

At the national level, Michael is responsible for promoting PHS as a resource to cities that are looking to establish urban greening programs of their own. He’s developing strategic partnerships with complementary national programs and organizations and providing consulting services on a variety of urban greening topics.

He has presented at numerous professional conferences including the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute, Keep America Beautiful, the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation and the National Vacant Property Campaign.

Michael has been with PHS since 1987 and has a Masters Degree in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mike Groman of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will present the idea of community greening, the success of such programs in urban areas and how rural communities can embrace the concept to help stimulate the local economy while improving the quality of life for the residents.

“We believe that Route 6 in Pennsylvania is a special place,” PA Route 6 Heritage Corporation Executive Director Terri Dennison said.” Our role as a designated heritage corridor is to bring resources and educational opportunities to the area in order to maintain and enhance Route 6’s beauty and uniqueness.” Dennison explained PA Route 6 Heritage Corporation has adopted National Geographic’s Geo-tourism Charter.

The workshops, “Green Starts Here on Route 6”, will take place from 9AM – 3PM and will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at the Potter County Educational Council in Coudersport. The cost for the workshop is $25 and includes lunch.

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