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PODCAST Journal 2011

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Dec 27 - The Creative Economy Series
Spotlight on shifts in the Lowell music scene.
Guest: Joe Graham, AudioFloss - discussion with focus on his Dec. 17 post "If You Build It, They Will (Not) Come."
Local musicians Andy Kaknes and Stanley Swann join in.

Dec 20 - The Creative Economy Series
Years gone by ...
Spotlight on artist/painter Vassilios "Bill" Giavis
Holiday talk from the artist's perspective in the Mill City.

Dec 13 - Neighborhood Connection in Lowell
Spotlight on neighborhood activist Paul Belley
Discussion about issues facing the Pawtucketville neighborhood including the Pawtucket Dam.

Dec 6 - Neighborhood Connection in Lowell
Spotlight on incoming City Councilor Marty Lorrey
Discussion about connection with the neighborhoods to entice residents to do more business downtown; transit improvements, WIFI expansion, etc.

Nov 29 - The Creative Economy Series
Spotlight on Lowell Artist Patrick Pierce
ART: various ways that creative energy manifests
Guest: Patrick Pierce, Patrick Pierce Gallery, 57 Market St.

Nov 22 - The Creative Economy Series
Spotlight on Eyeful Beauty on Middle St.
Guest: Meghan Harrah, owner, Eyeful Beauty on Middle St.
Special Guests: Kim Saltmarsh, News Director, 980WCAP
& Suzzanne Cromwell, Lowell Film Collaborative

Nov 15 - An update on Lowell's Creative Economy
Guests: Eileen Byrne, Executive Director, Brush Gallery and Studios
& Michael Lally, Executive Director, Whistler House Museum of Art

Nov 8 - The fate of the Textile Memorial Bridge (part 2)
Guest: Mike Wurm, President of Lowell Celebrates Kerouac

Nov 1 - The fate of the Textile Memorial Bridge (part 1)

Oct 25 - The Future of Downtown Lowell, part 2

Oct 11 - The Future of Downtown Lowell, part 1

Sept 27 - UML M2D2 Program at Wannalancit Business Center; discussion of the potential economic impact.
Guest: Wendy Zimbone, J.D., M2D2 New Venture Development

Sept 20 - Urban Development partners in the Acre
Guest: Elkin Montoya, New Business Development Officer at Lowell Bank, and President of Coalition for a Better Acre.

Sept 13 - Cultural Challenges: Politics, Voting & Jobs
Guest: Elkin Montoya, New Business Development Officer at Lowell Bank, and President of Coalition for a Better Acre.

Sept 6 - Capitalizing micro-enterprises (micro-lending for small businesses under 5 employees or home based businesses; training programs for small business owners or people interested in starting a small business).
Guest: Stacie Hargis, Director, Lowell Small Business Assistance Center, a program of CTI in partnership with UML, MCC and the City of Lowell

Aug 30 - Lowell's Political & Economic Future; UMass Lowell leads the charge to compete in the world economy.
Guest: Robert Forrant, UMass Lowell History Dept. and
Co-Director of the Center for Family, Work and Community

Aug 23 - Lowell's Creative Economy: Proposed sound stages at Devens, Live/work spaces in Lowell including Western Ave. Studios & Appleton Mills; UML innovative music and creative economy programs.
Guests: UMass Lowell Music Education & Technology Professor Alex Ruthmann, and, Photographer Anne Ruthmann

August 16 - The Smith Baker Center and St. Jean Baptiste Church initiatives; The future of the Lowell High School site; moving Lowell High School to the Cawley Stadium complex site. Discussion with Jack Baldwin & George DeLuca

August 9 - One Lowell World Cup Soccer Tourney, City Shapers Leadership Training for Emerging Immigrants, Vote 17 program and the Parent Liaison Program.
Guest: Jessica Wilson, Executive Director of ONE Lowell

August 2 - Economic Development progress in Lowell since the 1980s; Guest: Brian Martin, District Director for Congresswoman Niki Tsongas; Lowell City Manager 1995-2000

July 26 - The Big Move, Immigrant Voices from a Mill City
Guest: Robert Forrant, UMass Lowell History Dept. and
Co-Director of the Center for Family, Work and Community

July 19 - Homelessness; status of Lowell Transitional Living Center, the new Home Base program, prevention work, statistics, outreach & neighborhood connection. Trolley extension proposal update.
Guest: Kristin Ross Sitcawich, CTI Director of Housing & Homelessness

July 12 - Lowell's Creative Economy in action!
The Elder Art Initiative by Brush Art Gallery & Studios.
Guests:
Eileen Byrne, Executive Director, Brush Gallery
Pamala Wamala and Carol Boileau, Brush Gallery Artists
Barbara Ouellette, The Wingate Rehab Center in Lowell

<Part B

July 5 - Lowell's economic & political future - Part 2; Sustainable workforce development and jobs creation
Guests:
U.S. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas
Robert Forrant, UMass Lowell: Dept. of History and
   Co-director, Center for Family, Work & Community
Bobby Tugbiyele, Workforce Development, Community Teamwork Inc.

<Part A

June 28 - Lowell's economic & political future - Part 1; diversity in local government, community involvement & pedestrian safety.
Guests:
Van Pech, Counselor/Volunteer Coordinator, Center for Hope & Healing
Jose Cruz, Business Development, Lowell Bank
Bobby Tugbiyele, Workforce Development, Community Teamwork Inc.

June 21 - Lowell Al Fresco 2011 as an economic development strategy for downtown Lowell. Update on the NH Rail Transit Authority (June 21 - Nashua Telegraph)
Guests: LZ Nunn, Director, COOL/CASE and Danielle Bergeron, President/CEO, Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce

June 14 - Sustainability, Speck report and the 2012 Master Plan update.
Guests from the Lowell Green Building Commission:
Stephen Greene, (incoming Chairman)
Jay R. Mason, AIA, LEED AP, Architect

June 7 - Progress with ongoing downtown development, Speck report, 2012 Master Plan update.
Guest: Adam Baacke, City of Lowell Dept. of Planning & Development
Master Plan update, meetings schedule, Speck report

May 31 - The history and evolution of the Center City Committee.
Guest: Bill Lipchitz, President Emeritus of the Center City Committee and CTI Deputy Executive Director with comments by Dennis Canney.
Acre Series

May 24, 2011 - Final segment about economic development progress in the Acre neighborhood. Plus, coverage of  Chapel Hill neighborhood, a crucial element of the gateway strategy, and, the future of the Middlesex County Courthouse, 360 Gorham St.
Guests:
David Ouellette, President of ACTION (Acre Neighborhood Group)
Richard Howe Jr., Middlesex North Register of Deeds

May 17, 2011 - St. Jean Baptiste Church redevelopment is discussed. Coalition for a Better Acre's initiatives in the Acre and throughout the City, including the new Moody St. housing development; and the early stages of the St. Peters property housing development (Chapel Hill). 
Guests:

Emily Weitzman Rosenbaum, Exec. Director, Coalition for a Better Acre
Suzanne Frechette, Deputy Director, Coalition for a Better Acre

May 10, 2011 - More discussion of the proposed Concord NH to Boston rail extension.
Guests:
Peter Burling, Chairman, NH Rail Transit Authority
Chris Williams, President, Nashua Chamber of Commerce
NH Capitol Corridor Project Overview
NH House Bill 218 (amended) was passed on May 11, and vetoed by NH Gov. Lynch on June 15.

 

May 3, 2011 - Opening Segment: Acre economic development potential & sustainability. Upper Merrimack Street from City Hall to the planned bridge over the Merrimack River; UML's acquisition at Merrimack St. and Pawtucket; and St. Jean Baptiste Church plans. Refurbishing the North Common Ampitheater.
Guests: David Ouellette, President of ACTION (Acre Neighborhood Group); and Keith Rudy, President of the AYO
Lower Highlands Series (You may need a MS "add on" for the player. If player doesn't appear, check for link to "add on" above.)

April 26 - Lower Highlands in review: public safety, "Little Cambodia", sustainable transit options, including the proposed train extension to NH (potential market).
Nashua Regional Planning Commission, 2011 poll.

April 19 - Gallagher Terminal planning issues. The Chelmsford St. Corridor from Lord Overpass to Plain St. Potential development of the Chelmsford St., Shaw, Powell & Nottingham St. block, Plain St. and Tanner St.
Guest: Adam Baacke, City of Lowell Dept. of Planning & Development.

April 12 -  Grass roots job creation initiatives with focus on education, political leadership, job training programs.
Guest: Jessica K. Wilson, Executive Director, ONE Lowell

April 5 - Discussion about neighborhood safety, "Little Cambodia" as a brand, and the potential for CMAA to form a Community Development Corporation (CDC).
Guests: Taya Dixon Mullane, President of the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group, and City Councilor Patrick Murphy.

March 29 - Discussion about the City Manager's Neighborhood Initiative Program, "Little Cambodia" branding and South Common Improvements.
Guests: Adam Baacke, City of Lowell Dept. of Planning & Development, and, Dr. Sengly Kong, Cambodian Mutual Assistance Assoc.  (CMAA).

March 22, 2011 - Opening Segment: The Plain Street area as a retail center was discussed.

FINAL MIT Lower Highlands Neighborhood Plan

   

 

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