Keynote Forum Messages to Consider

Our October 23 community forum,  Tri-Cities 20/20 Looking Beyond Tomorrow, gave attendees an opportunity to hear and speak to the perspectives of relevant experts in the realm of sustainability in eastern Washington. Two panels of local leaders representing a variety of sectors brought their valuable perspectives to the conversation as well.

Don Schjeldahl, site selection expert, returned to Tri-Cities to follow on his work as part of the TADZO team hired by TRIDEC to conduct a New Economy Market Analysis reported on last March. He opened the forum by posing the questions:

What is sustainability?

Why does it matter?

triple bottom line graphic

Review Schjeldahl’s presentation The Business Case for Community Sustainability.

Dave Andersen led the second half of the forum, accompanied by a different set of panelists. As the Eastern Regional Manager for the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Growth Management Services office, Dave applied his deep appreciation for the usefulness of the GMA (Growth Management Act) to the conversation at hand.

3 bridges, 3 cities

Review Andersen’s presentation Competitiveness & Sustainability: The Role of Place