A Visionary Speaks

Charles Jordan to Speak in Memphis

We're in for a treat - February 10

Widely acclaimed as one of America’s most visionary experts on parks and public spaces, Charles Jordan served as Director of Parks in Portland, Oregon for more than two decades and is today Chairman of The Conservation Fund.

He brings a winning solution on how to make cities safer, healthier, more prosperous and more livable.

Saturday, February 10

10 AM

Memphis College of Art Auditorium in Overton Park

Mr. Jordan will be introduced by Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton, a catalyst for parks and greenways in our community. Admission is free.

The coffee and lecture is sponsored by The Crawford-Howard Family Foundation

and presented by

Friends for Our Riverfront, Healthy Memphis Common Table, Memphis Community Development Partnership, National Civil Rights Museum, Park Friends, Public Issues Forum, and Sierra Club.

Mr. Jordan speaks from a depth of experience and a proven track record.

* He is currently Chairman of The Conservation Fund, America’s national land trust, which has protected 5.4 million acres of wildlife habitat, wetlands, river corridors, forests, and historic sites across America. In Tennessee, The Conservation Fund is involved with the following programs: Appalachian Trail Corridor, Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness, Cumberland Trail State Park, Duck River Restoration, and the Great Smoky Mountains. The Conservation Fund is also involved in protecting the Mississippi River Corridor.

* He rose to prominence as City Commissioner and then Director of Parks and Recreation in Portland, Oregon, where he was recognized by the Chicago Tribune as creating one of the "most progressive park systems in this country."

* He was appointed by President Reagan to the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors and by President Clinton as advisor to the American Heritage Rivers Program. He has also served on the National Park System Advisory Board and the National Forest Foundation Board.

* He is a compelling advocate and the most prominent voice in expanding the national constituency for conservation by recruiting new leaders and greater involvement from minority and low income communities.

Mr. Jordan is the second in a series of "A Visionary Speaks" presented by Friends for Our Riverfront. The first speaker was Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina. For more information, phone Heathie Colvett at 458-4061.

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