Greenville chosen for national City Design session

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The City of Greenville is one of eight cities chosen out of nearly 400 for a national session on city design.

Mayor Allen Thomas will represent the City of Greenville during a Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) session this week at Florida International University in Miami.

The goal of the session is to bring the mayors of eight cities together with leading design experts to find solutions to the most significant design challenge facing the target cities.

Thanks in part to its growing economy, and what is being hailed as a “renaissance” in its urban core, Greenville was identified by MICD as a city that would benefit from inclusion in the 2016 institute.Thomas will seek input on how the City can bridge development between an underutilized riverfront and existing employment, residential and commercial hubs.

“It is an honor to have Greenville selected for the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and to have the opportunity to be one of only eight leaders to represent their city there,” Thomas said. “We are making great progress in Greenville but this provides a significant advantage. Perspective of leading design experts providing world-class transformational concepts for Greenville at no cost to our taxpayers to further advance our future growth.”

Thomas is scheduled to present on Friday, September 23. The presentation for Greenville will focus on the riverfront, center city, medical, and university districts. The program is selection-based and completely free to the cities involved. Mayors of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Greensboro have been chosen in the past.

The Mayors’ Institute on City Design is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors with support from United Technologies. Since 1986, the Mayors’ Institute has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities.

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