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Knoxville Regional
Transportation Planning Organization

400 Main St, Suite 403
Knoxville, TN 37902

phone: (865) 215-2500
fax: (865) 215-2068

ETcompetes! Speaker Series 2013

Ageless Downtowns:

Creating Walkable Downtowns
for Residents of All Ages

Curbside Chat When:

Thursday, September 12, 2013
1:00 p.m.


East Tennessee History Center
601 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

RSVP for limited seating; this event is free and open to the public. RSVP to (865) 525-9945 or

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Keynote Speaker
Jeff Speck:  The Walkability Mandate: Why and How

Featured Speaker
Helen Foster:  Principles of Ageless Communities

Panel Discussion
Opportunities in Knoxville & East Tennessee

5:00 p.m. Reception and Book Signing
Sponsored by Partners Development

The pedestrian-friendly qualities of downtowns such as Knoxville are appealing to residents of all ages. This symposium will outline recent trends in urban living for a range of population groups, including retirees, “empty nesters”, families, and young professionals.

What kinds of services and amenities make a residential experience “ageless?” What are the advantages of urban living? How can a city maximize its potential for residential development? We want to focus interest in making Knoxville, and community centers in East Tennessee, attractive, livable places for all ages of life.

About the Speakers

Jeff Speck

Author, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time

Helen Foster

Founder, Foster Strategy LLC
Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. Jeff Speck is a planner and community consultant, with a practice in Washington D.C. He will talk about ways that a community can plan a walkable neighborhood, and specific strategies to attract residential and commercial investment.
Helen Foster is a nationally recognized marketing and development strategist specializing in age-qualified real estate. In her consulting work with some of the nation’s top 50+ residential developers and in work with forward-thinking cities and states, she helps to identify boomer development opportunities and strengthen product concepts. Her presentation will outline the most recent national trends in age-targeted real estate development, with a range of case studies.

Supported and Sponsored by:

 Community Design Center ETcompetes! ETcompetes!

Special thanks to our Community Partners:
Lawler Wood
Partners Development
University of Tennessee Institute of Public Service
Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation
University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design
City of Knoxville Community Development Department
Knoxville Area Association of Realtors
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