Registration: Workshop on Civic Engagement Opportunities in Vacant Land Repurposing

Location: Genesis Convention Center, One Genesis Center Plaza, Gary, Indiana 46402

Date: November 21-22, 2013

Hotel: Fairfield Inn & Suites, 7720 Corinne Drive, Hammond, IN 46323, (219) 845-6950. You may obtain a reservation for the group (SCI-GL Conference) rate of $109 per night by calling 1-800-228-2800. Reservations must be made by November 7, 2013. Online registration is at Book your group rate:

RSVP Contact: Joseph F. Koonce, Case Western Reserve University (

This workshop will explore opportunities for applying SENCER principles to repurposing vacant land in the urban centers of the Great Lakes region. The conference will run from 1 PM on November 21 to noon on November 22. The program will feature panels of educators and community partners who are engaged in repurposing of vacant land and will provide opportunities to explore future collaborations. The workshop is sponsored by the SENCER Center for Innovation-Great Lakes and the Vacant to Vibrant Project of the Cleveland Botanical Garden.


    Agenda Thursday, November 21, 2013 1 to 1:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks 1:30 to 2:30 Plenary Session: SENCERizing Important Communty Problems. Panel presentation on opportunities to couple academic course work to reuse of vacant urban land. 2:30 to 2:45 Break 2:45 to 4:00 Working Session—Opportunities for Civic Engagement in Repurposing Vacant Urban Land. Panel of community partners project perspectives 4:00 to 4:15 Break 4:15 to 5:30 Challenges and Solutions for engaging with community partners 6:00 Dinner (no charge to participants) Friday, November 22, 2013 8:30 to 9:45 Working Session—Opportunities for Incorporation of Vacant Land Revitalization into Course Work using the community projects as a Templates 9:45 to 10:00 Break 10:00-11:00 Challenges and solutions for SENCERizing course work related to repurposing vacant land 11:00-noon Planning for Course Development noon Lunch and Adjourn