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‘Value of Community Beautification to Economic Development’

February 3, 2011

[FERNDALE] – Individuals wishing to attend the Sullivan Renaissance Winter Conference and Expo on Saturday, February 26 can register and sign up for workshops directly on-line.  Go to and click on the Sullivan Renaissance Rooster at the top of the page. 

This year’s conference will focus on “The Value and Benefits of Community Beautification to Economic Development” featuring an address by Dr. Peter Tarlow, an international specialist in tourism.  The conference features exhibits and workshops on garden design, trees for public places, community gardens, recruiting volunteers, cultivating leaders, partnering with young people and economic development.  It will also outline the new 2011 Sullivan Renaissance grant program and have applications available.

In addition to the keynote address, Dr. Tarlow will present a workshop on “Making the Most of Your Assets.”  He has lectured throughout the world on current and future trends in the tourism industry, rural tourism, economic development, the gaming industry and issues of crime and terrorism.  All w orkshop space is limited to the first registrants. 

The conference is located at CVI Building in Ferndale.  It begins at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast and registration.  The program starts at 9:00 a.m. and runs to 1:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome.  There is no registration fee for this conference.

Those unable to register on-line should call the Sullivan Renaissance office at 845-295-2445 to obtain a form.  Completed forms may be faxed to 845-295-2746; scanned and emailed to; or mailed to Sullivan Renaissance, c/o Gerry Foundation, PO Box 311, Liberty, NY 12754.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  For more information, call 845-295-2445.