Laura Brown Associate Professor, Community & Economic Development Educator, University of Connecticut Department of Extension Laura Brown is an Associate Professor, Community & Economic Development Educator with the University of Connecticut Department of Extension and Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). Laura conducts applied research and educational programs that build community capacity and help community leaders make informed decisions. Her work focuses on asset based community and economic development, food systems, regionalism, place-making and economic development education. Her recent work includes development of a statewide First Impressions community exchange program in Connecticut, the CT Trail Census project to better understand the impact of multiuse trails, and coordination of the IEDC's Basic Economic Development Course in Wisconsin. She has professional experience in urban and rural communities and recently moved back to Connecticut from Wisconsin where she served for seven years as a Community & Economic Development Educator and Specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Originally from Taunton, Massachusetts, Laura holds a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a B.S. in Psychology and Communications from Clark University. In her free time Laura practices meditation, hiking, cooking, and gardening and lives in New Haven with her partner, musician and composer, Filippo Santoro. Patrick McMahon Director of Economic and Community Development Town of Suffield, CT Patrick McMahon has twenty years experience in the fields of economic and community development. For the last fifteen years, he has served as Director of Economic and Community Development for the Town of Suffield, Connecticut. Mr. McMahon also serves as a part-time Economic Development Consultant for the Town of Windsor Locks. Previously he served as Community Development Coordinator for the Town of Windsor for five years with a primary focus on the revitalization of the Wilson neighborhood and business district. He also served on the Board of Directors for Windsor’s Main Street program, First Town Downtown. He has served two years as Chairman of the MetroHartford Alliance’s Regional Economic Development Forum. He is Immediate Past President of the Connecticut Economic Development Association and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA). He has a joint JD/MPA degree from the University of Connecticut.
This webinar was accomplished through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration Atlanta Regional Office, Project No. 04-79-07103. The statements, findings, conclusions, recommendations, and other data in this report are solely those of IEDC and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). This webinar is part of a larger compendium of research and training produced by IEDC and funded by the aforementioned EDA grant, which focuses on providing resources to build capacity to maintain long-term recovery from coal industry decline.