Ed McMahon to speak at Pennsylvania Wilds fall conference next month

Ed McMahon, a leading authority in the world on sustainable tourism development, will keynote the Pennsylvania Wilds Fall Workshop next month and the public is encouraged to attend. McMahon will give a presentation titled “Connecting Nature, Economy and Community Character,” at a dinner on Thurs., Nov. 8 at the Red Fern in St. Marys. The presentation is being delivered as part of a two-day workshop of the same name and has been opened to the public to help educate residents, business owners and community leaders about the economic potential of sustainable tourism development. McMahon holds the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C. where he is known as a leading authority on topics related to sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth, and historic preservation. As the Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development, McMahon leads ULI’s worldwide efforts to conduct research and educational activities related to environmentally sensitive development policies and practices.McMahon is the author or co-author of 15 books and over 300 articles. During the past 25 years he has helped communities in all 50 states with a wide variety of community planning and economic development issues, including spending time in the Pennsylvania Wilds, where dozens of public and private partners are working together to help grow the region’s nature and heritage tourism industry as a way to help diversify local economies, create jobs and improve quality of life. “Ed is a fantastic speaker and his knowledge in this field relates directly to the work so many of us are doing here in the Pennsylvania Wilds,” said PA Wilds Small Business Ombudsman Ta Enos. “He’s very down-to-earth and common sense and inspiring. I’ve driven 15 hours just to hear him speak -- he’s that good. I’d really encourage entrepreneurs and other community leaders to attend.” The dinner will run from 6:15 to 8 p.m. There is a cost to the event. Seating is limited and registration is due by Wed. Oct. 31. More details and registration forms are available at www.PAwildsResources.org. Questions? Please contact Janine Morley at (814) 274-4877 or janine@pottercountyedcouncil.org.