City of Woodstock Community Development will host the 2023 Woodstock Development Forum at the Woodstock Arts City Center Theater on Friday, February 10th. The forum is sponsored by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Georgia Power, Gresham Smith, and Woodstock Arts. This half-day forum brings together decision-makers and experts from around the region to promote knowledge sharing and mutual learning on land use and transportation issues impacting Woodstock and greater Cherokee County.

Mitchell Silver will deliver this year’s keynote address. Mr. Silver is a principal with McAdams, a land planning and design company. Known for inspiring practitioners and community advocates to “fall in love with planning again,” Mitchell clearly demonstrates the importance of bridging cultural divides and presenting sound fiscal arguments in planning. Silver has elevated the planning profession through persuasive research and communication when speaking to local, national, and international audiences about economic resiliency and changing demographics. His work, primarily in cities on the east coast, includes innovative policymaking in the areas of comprehensive planning, urban design, and implementation strategies. Prior to joining McAdams, Mitchell Silver served as the commissioner for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Chief Planning Officer in Raleigh, NC, and President of the American Planning Association (APA) and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He was the first Black American to be elected president of APA and AICP.

“The City of Woodstock is dedicated to achieving the highest quality of development, infrastructure, and quality of life for its citizens,” stated Woodstock Community Development Director Tracy Albers. “As guardians of the public trust, it is our goal to ensure the efficient use of limited resources, build consensus among competing interests, increase public awareness of community needs and resources, stimulate forward thinking among our constituents, and encourage business growth and entrepreneurial success in Woodstock.”

Breakfast and networking will begin at 7:30 AM. The forum will begin at 8:00 AM and ends at noon. RSVP required; email to attend.