Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce - Event Information
Strong Towns with Charles Marohn
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The Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities will be hosting a Strong Towns presentation by city engineer and author Charles Marohn, Jr. Marohn is the founder of Strong Towns, an international initiative dedicated to making communities across the United States and Canada financially stronger and more resilient.
Luther College 206 of Valders Hall of Science 700 College Drive Decorah, IA 52101
Marohn’s presentation is part of his on-going new book tour Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity. He is traveling to dozens of communities across North America—big cities and small towns alike—to share the ideas in his book and give audiences a new way to think about how they approach revitalization and growth.
The presentation will begin by showcasing why so many towns in North America are struggling financially despite decades of robust growth. Marohn will then invite the audience to “choose their own adventure” from a range of presentation tracks and go deeper into just one area where their unique community can make a change today. Designed to be dynamic and bespoke to each town, the Strong America presentation is part community conversation, part lecture from an expert, and the catalyst you need for your place to become financially stronger.
Marohn is a professional engineer (PE) licensed in the state of Minnesota and a land use planner with two decades of experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s of urban and regional planning, both from the University of Minnesota. Marohn hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America. He is featured in the documentary film Owned: A Tale of Two Americas, and was named one of the Ten Most Influential Urbanists of all time by Planetizen.
“It’s clear that cities and towns of every size are hungry for a new approach that can help them grow financially strong and resilient,” he says. “Every time I visit a different town, I am gratified to see how passionate and smart and creative people can be. Meeting people, hearing their stories, and exchanging ideas is my favorite part of the job.”
To see some of the other towns that are on the Strong America Tour, visit www.strongtowns.org/events. To learn more about the event contact Emily Neal, Assistant Director Center for Sustainable Communities.