The conference, organized by Frank L. Nierzwicki, Jr., Clinical Assistant Professor at SPEA and expert in local government and urban planning, will be looking at the concept of stabilizing our communities in a world that is constantly in great flux. Many challenges that our world is facing in the 21st century – globalization, economic development (or lack of), gentrification, immigration – are first observed and addressed on the local level.
Researchers will explore the ways in which local community planning work intersects and interacts with the biggest global issues of our time. From discussing the role of immigrant entrepreneurship in local economic development, to the role of arts and culture in creating a “sense of place” for cities: this conference will serve as a launching point for these types of conversations and is the first of three IU-sponsored conferences focusing on local community development in a globalized world (2019: Warsaw, Poland; 2020: Bloomington, IN, USA).
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