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Past SCDN Forums

Sustainable Solutions in Blight Mitigation

Oct 23, 2017 Steel Rivers Council of Government, Munhall PA

Presented in collaboration with Steel Rivers and Turtle Creek Councils of Government

AGENDA (Click a link to see slides from the presentation)

  1. “The Health Outcomes and Impacts of Community Blight”, Dr. Karen Hacker, Allegheny County Health Department
  2. “Using Land Banking to Return Distressed Properties to Productive Use”, April Kopas, Westmoreland County Land Bank and An Lewis, TriCOG Land Bank.
  3. “Code Enforcement for Blight Mitigation”* A Panel Discussion
    • Gary Hitchines – Turtle Creek COG
    • Craig McVicker – Code Enforcement Associates, LLC
    • Chief Jeff Tomovcsik – McKeesport Fire Chief
    • Chief Clyde Wilhelm – Swissvale Manager and Fire Chief
  4. “Affordable Housing as tool for Blight Prevention” Bobby Gabbianelli, Housing Choice Voucher Program, Allegheny County
  5. “The Power of Property Data” Steven Saylor, Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center
  6. “Implementable Comprehensive Planning for Blight Prevention”, Jim Pashek, Pashek + MTR

*the code enforcement panel did not have slides


Sustainable Wet Weather Solutions

July 26, 2017 Hollywood Theater, Dormont PA 


AGENDA (Click a link to see slides from the presentation)

  1. Overview of Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN)
  2. Tools of the Trade – Technical Resources to Help Municipalities Meet Their Source Reduction Goals and Regulatory Requirements” – Beth Dutton, Three Rivers Wet Weather
  3. “Planning, Partnerships, Watersheds and the Triple Bottom Line – A Sustainable Approach”
  4. The Creation of a Stormwater Authority and Fees” – Jennifer Taylor, Borough of Dormont Stormwater Authority
  5. National Green Infrastructure Certification” – Lisa Kunst Vavro, Penn State Center