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Ed McMahon

Scenic values as economic assets

NARROWSBURG, NY — Nationally-known planning authority Ed McMahon will travel to the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway river valley region on July 21 to speak about “The Dollars and Sense of Preserving Community Character.” The 10 a.m. to 12 noon presentation at The Narrowsburg Union offers free admission and refreshments, courtesy of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB) non-profit organization and fellow event sponsors Sullivan Renaissance, the American Planning Association NY Metro Chapter and the National Park Service Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. 

On-line advance registration is requested at Two hours of required continuing education credits can be earned by local planning and zoning board members for attending. New York and Pennsylvania residents, visitors, business owners and municipal officials will also benefit from the thought-provoking information shared. McMahon will address how scenic landscapes are an economic asset, and how preserving community character helps increase property values and tourism spending. The speaker will discuss the importance of guiding desirable development away from environmentally sensitive and distinctive places. Find out tools and strategies for how communities can avoid conflicts between conservation and economic development. 

McMahon is a senior resident fellow with the Urban Land Institute in Washington, DC. He is a co-founder of the national non-profit Scenic America and an author of 16 books who has 25 years’ experience in drafting local land-use plans and ordinances. The Narrowsburg Union (formerly a K-12 school) is located at 7 Erie Ave.

For more information call Laurie Ramie at 845/252-3022 or email


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