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Shaking up Small Cities September – Conversations on Repurposing, Remodeling and Repositioning Pennsylvania’s Communities

September 29, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Approved for 1.5 AIA LU

Throughout the Commonwealth, in every municipality and legislative district, we are plagued with blight, brain drain, and an erosion of community pride and investment. Simultaneously, there are an equal number of Pennsylvania’s small towns and cities that have rewritten the narrative, utilized good design, collaboration, and resources to create communities that have flourished with population and business growth. In these cities and small towns that have experienced such great revitalization, architects have used their design thinking to work with community leaders and elected officials to bring the dream of a vibrant small town or main street back to life.  Architects throughout the Commonwealth have been crucial to the addition or renovation of any city’s physical or social infrastructure.

Join us for case study examples of Pennsylvania cities who leveraged good design, community partners, and urban planning to revitalize and grow their communities.  This session will feature the Pennsylvania cities:   Shenandoah and Indiana

Meet the Panel
Indiana, PA 
Ben Ford, Professor and Chairperson, Anthropology, Indiana City Council
Nichole Sipos, Indiana Borough Manger 

Shenandoah, PA
Karen Kenderdine, Senior Vice President, Manager of Relationship Services, MidPenn Bank, Downtown Shenandoah Inc.
Susan Williams, Executive Director at Downtown Shenandoah

Our Moderator:
Karen Welsh, AIA   UpStreet Architects, Inc.


Everyone! Architects, built industry professionals, elected officials, regional or city planners, developers, community leaders and anyone who wants to see their small town flourish.



September 29, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm