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      LinkingGVL: Rethinking Link of the Comprehensive Plan: Connect Housing, Transportation, and Land Use in Greenville

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      July 29, 2019

      Monday   6:30 PM

      217 Wade Hampton Boulevard
      Greenville, South Carolina 29609

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      LinkingGVL: Rethinking Link of the Comprehensive Plan: Connect Housing, Transportation, and Land Use

      Greenville has experienced unprecedented growth and is in the middle of receiving community feedback on the plan for the future for the city and county. Join our Beer and Napkins event sponsored by the Greenville Homeless Alliance and Upstate Forever. Along with other community development advocates, we will be engaging in an evening of dialogue and ideas at the Community Tap on July 29th.  Members of the GVL2040 committee will share their insights on the opportunities and challenges of the growth of our city. As part of the discussions we will follow a theme of ACCOUNTABILITY for implementation of the Comp Plan -building dialogue around the trade-offs of what that means --- major update to the zoning ordinance, finding ways to protect neighborhoods while accommodating more places for people to live. We will follow their presentations with a community-based design event to provide input to these unique challenges.  Challenge During our Community Design Challenge we will ask each participant to write down what convinced them to participate tonight and in the City + County process AND what will convince them to hold our elected officials, boards and commissions accountable + support all public servants to the plan that is adopted.  From there – we will develop ideas on how to engage friends, co-workers, neighbors, family and more to join the participation. Ideas from the most recent Beer and Napkins' LinkingGVL event are shared below for potential ways to build upon what was developed in June. As part of the event craft beer, refreshments, and lite fare will be served. Due to the size of the venue we will be limited to 30 Attendees About our Presenters Jessica Sharp is passionate about empowering underserved and minority communities, diverse representation, and brain education. She is the Director of Development and Recruitment of the Teen Services Branch of the YMCA of Greenville. She is also the Founder and Chief Brain Educator with Sharp Brain Consulting which works with youth and the adults who serve them. Jessica is committed to improving her community. She does this through her involvement in a variety of organizations including the Junior League of Greenville, the United Way of Greenville, Pride Link and the Greenville Theatre. She is a graduate of Leadership Greenville and is a Diversity Fellow with the Riley Institute and has been recognized for her work to better the Greenville community. She regularly speaks about various topics related to the brain and is an active blogger for GenTwenty. Jessica has a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Missouri and is a student at William James College where she is obtaining a Doctorate in Leadership Psychology. In her free time, Jessica enjoys reading, listening to podcasts and spending time with friends and family. Jessica is active on Instagram and Twitter at @sharpjes. Yvonne S Reeder is a life long resident of Greenville, SC...her parents were business owners of Greenville Shoe Shop. She is the last of 7 children and always had concern for the low wealth and underserved community. Yvonne retired from Duke Energy 14 years ago with 33 years service. She began serving on boards and commission while employed with Duke Energy and has continued. Now serving as a community advocate for those whose voices are not being heard, nor invited to the table. Yvonne is Class of XVII graduate of Riley Institute and the United Way Grassroots Leadership. She presently serves on GVL2040 Comprehensive Committee, Self-Help Credit Union Advisory, Genesis Homes Board of Directors, Community Safety Committee, Neighborhood Historical Preservation Advocacy, Greenville Dreams Alumni Association and many others.....Yvonne will discuss the "unintended consequences" felt in the low wealth communities due to gentrification and GVL2040 changes with a  view from her redemptive side.   Meg Terry, a Sanford, North Carolina native, graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. She has been with DP3 Architects since 2004 and currently maintains roles as Principal, Vice President of Business Development, and Interiors Studio Leader. She has a broad range of experience in interior planning, designing, finishing, and furnishing on college and university campuses, restaurants, healthcare, and office facilities. Meg is active in multiple community organizations including Rotary, AIA Greenville, Upstate Women in Architecture, and Junior League of Greenville.  In addition, she is on the City of Greenville Planning Commission, and a graduate of Leadership Greenville, Class 42.   Mr. Johnson has been active in public service as a member and Chair of the City of Greenville Planning Commission, which makes recommendations to City Council on zoning and annexation issues, reviews and approves new subdivisions, and is involved in comprehensive planning to improve the health and welfare of the public. Mr. Johnson is currently pursuing public service as the Democratic candidate for Greenville City Council, District 1. Matthew K. Johnson is a shareholder in the Greenville office and represents employers in all aspects of employment and labor law before state and federal agencies and in state and federal courts. Mr. Johnson regularly counsels clients in issues pertaining to multistate leave compliance, including drafting and review of policies related to paid sick leave and family leave issues arising under state and local law. In addition, he provides counsel on a variety of employment and labor law matters including terminations, disciplinary actions, and preventive maintenance such as the development and implementation of policies and procedures.  Before joining Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Johnson worked in a general litigation and insurance defense practice and is experienced in civil litigation and trial practice, including construction litigation, commercial litigation, railroad and transportation, product liability, and premises liability matters. Mr. Johnson continues to use his prior experience in assisting Ogletree Deakins’ clients in construction and commercial matters.  Mr. Johnson attended Rhodes College, where he majored in philosophy.  He attended the University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and clerked for the Honorable D’Army Bailey of the Shelby County Circuit Court. Afterward, Mr. Johnson returned home to Greenville to begin the private practice of law.    

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