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April 13, 2006

Birmingham-Southern's 8th Annual Livable Cities Conference to focus on regional greenway development

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Regional greenway development with an emphasis on Red Mountain Park, the Railroad Park, Ruffner Mountain, and Turkey Creek Preserve will be the focus of the 8th Annual Livable Cities Conference Friday, April 21, in the Hill Recital Hall at Birmingham-Southern College from 8 a.m. to noon.

The half day of educational sessions will include presentations on the Five Mile Creek greenway between Tarrant and Brookside, the development of a 14-story office and hotel complex on the old Federal Reserve site that is aiming for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, a linear park along the downtown railroad district, and the multi-purpose Red Mountain Park that will stretch from Homewood to Bessemer.

Speakers will include Billy Hewitt from the city of Tarrant, Wendy Jackson from the Freshwater Land Trust, Renee Kemp-Rotan from the city of Birmingham, and Colin Coyne of Melaver, Inc.

The conference is sponsored by the Southern Environmental Center at BSC and is open to the public free of charge.  To register for the conference or for more information, call 205/226-4934.
 
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