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Meeting to Focus North Shore’s Future

October 4, 2004

Citizens, elected officials, agency staff, and resource planners will work together to create a vision for the future of the North Shore at State of the Coast 2004 and Beyond, set for Saturday, October 16.  This interactive meeting will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Duluth, at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mid-Continent Ecology Division Gitchee Gumee Conference Center (6201 Congdon Blvd.).

Lake Superior’s North Shore is changing - socially, economically, and physically. State of the Coast 2004 and Beyond will examine these changes and their associated challenges. Conference participants will work with each other to develop goals for the future of the North Shore’s landscape and communities. Plans for implementing the goals will be discussed at a related meeting in the spring of 2005.

Keynote speaker, Steven Ames, a community planning consultant from Portland, Oregon, is the author of the award-winning A Guide to Community Visioning: Hands-on Information for Local Communities. This handbook has helped communities across the country design and implement plans to achieve their long-term goals. During the State of the Coast 2004 and Beyond, Ames will address crafting community visions that carry cultural identities into a sustainable future.  Following opening presentations, participants will look at North Shore trends and work to develop a collective vision of a preferred future under Ames’ guidance.

Registration is $15 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, and break refreshments. To register, contact ARDC at 218-722-5545 or lreese@ardc.org. Registration deadline is October 12.

Meeting sponsors include Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program, Superior National Forest, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, North Shore Scenic Drive Council, U of M Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership, Center for Rural Planning, and interested citizens.

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