Webinar: Smart Strategies to Transform Commercial Districts

View slides from Elizabeth’s presentation on LISC’s MetroEdge program.

View slides from Joel Bookman’s presentation on Transforming Corridors through Information & Action.

View slides from Terry Benelli’s presentation on Mesa, Arizona.

View slides from Larisa and Sandy’s presentation on Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood.

Watch this webinar to learn the key elements needed to transform commercial districts and help communities take the reins of their economic futures. Hear five economic development experts explain how to craft and implement a commercial revitalization plan that inspires potential investors to take a different view of disinvested markets in a way that is both aspirational yet grounded in market realities. Listen to stories and lessons learned from Philadelphia’s Fishtown community where our speakers and their partners encountered gaps in the retail experience along East Girard Avenue; and in the City of Mesa, Arizona, where they worked with community leaders to reposition businesses to address market changes spurred by development around a new light rail station.


Elizabeth Demetriou, AICP, LISC Director for Economic Development
Sandy Salzman, Executive Director of the New Kensington CDC
Larisa Ortiz, MetroEdge Consultant on New Kensington
Terry Benelli, Executive Director of LISC Phoenix
Joel Bookman, MetroEdge Consultant on Mesa, AZ


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The Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse hosted this webinar in partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). LISC, through its MetroEdge Program, has worked on commercial corridors and districts in 51 neighborhoods in 17 cities throughout the U.S. since 2006. MetroEdge tailors economic development strategies for specific places to help local leaders, businesspeople, public officials and investors understand emerging markets, prepare for development and attract and grow businesses.