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Renowned urbanist to kick off Speaker Series this Thursday

GR Forward will host a series of five speaking engagements open to the public. The first, entitled "Planning with Bold Vision," will be lead by Jennifer Keesmaat, the Chief Planner for the City of Toronto.
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On Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m., the GR Forward Thinking Speaker Series will kick off with its first event, "Planning with Bold Vision" at Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD). This first of five events will feature Jennifer Keesmaat, a renowned urbanist and the Chief Planner for the City of Toronto. The evening will begin with a presentation given by the keynote speaker followed by discussion sessions focusing on the topic's relevance to Grand Rapids. 

The Speaker Series creates an opportunity to enhance the discourse around our city and our approaches to city building," says Kristopher Larson, President and CEO of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.. "The trends that are present in Grand Rapids can be seen in many other contexts, so by gathering industry leaders and our community, we hope to encourage visionary approaches to changes in our community.”

The event, part of the GR Forward programming, is free and open to the public.

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., in cooperation with the City of Grand Rapids, is developing a strategy for the restoration and future implementation of the Grand River and downtown area with their planning process called GR Forward. The initiative is designed to glean input from the community and explore precedence where other urban centers have been successful.

The series will continue through March of 2014. Stay tuned for updates.

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