2024 Winter Summit

Land Use in Connecticut: Connecting Grasstops to Grassroots

Friday, January 19, 2024, at The Lyceum, Hartford

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Shaping Connecticut's Conservation Landscape

Collaborate, Plan, and Fund for a Sustainable Future

Friday, January 19, 2024
The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT 06106

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Thank you for joining CLCC at the 2024 Winter Summit! A recording of the two panels will be available shortly. If you have any questions about any of the panels or the summit in general, contact Jovan at jbryan@ctconservation.org

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The 2024 CLCC Winter Summit presented a unique stage for state, regional, and local leaders to look at land use more holistically across agencies and sectors. Panelists discussed ideas and insights about planning and funding programs that can be coordinated to incentivize collaborative opportunities for land conservation, affordable housing, and farmland access across Connecticut communities.

Accessibility Notice

For communication access (for example, sign language interpretation of other sessions, written material in large print, etc.), please submit your request to Cristina at chayden@ctconservation.org or 860-852-5512 by end of day on January 12, 2024. Please contact Jovan at jbryan@ctconservation.org for other disability access questions, including but not limited to structural issues such as location of accessible parking.

For accessibility access, a ramp is available to the left of the Lyceum. Press the Lyceum doorbell, and someone will buzz you into the building.

A recording of the two panels will be made available shortly. Check back soon for more details.

2024 Winter Summit

Agenda — Click on the panel name for description and list of panelists.

8:30 am Networking & Continental Breakfast

9:30 am Opening Remarks

10:00 am Grasstops Panel »

11:30 am Lunch & Meet-Ups

12:45 pm Grassroots Panel »

2:15 pm Break

2:30 pm Audience Discussion »

3:00 pm Closing Remarks

If you have any questions, contact Jovan at jbryan@ctconservation.org

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Commissioners and other CT State Officials will discuss the current landscape of agency level land use decisions. This discussion will offer insights into present and future opportunities for more strategic land use planning and policies in Connecticut.

Grasstops Panel

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Commissioner Katie Dykes
CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Commissioner Bryan Hurlburt
CT Department of Agriculture
Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno
CT Department of Housing

Rebecca Augur, Responsible Growth Coordinator 
CT Office of Policy and Management
Binu Chandy, Director, Office of Brownfield Remediation & Development
CT Department of Economic and Community Development

Moderator: John Guszkowski, Co-Founder & Principal 
Tyche Planning & Policy Group


Representatives from regional and municipal stakeholders will build on the conversation from the morning panel. They will discuss the nuances of land use at the local level, navigating state programs and policies, and opportunities to amplify community goals through innovative approaches across sectors.

Grassroots Panel

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Kaleb Garrett, Founder
The Circle
Connie Manes, Director
Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative
Mirna Martinez, Executive Director
Southeastern Connecticut Community Land Trust

Tyra Penn-Gesek, Director, Planning & Development
Town of Thompson, CT
Francis Pickering, Executive Director
Western Connecticut Council of Governments
Jonathon Savage, Interim Executive Director
Gather New Haven

Moderator: Ashley Stewart, Principal 
Stewart Environmental and Equity Consulting

Audience Discussion

To debrief, we will open up the space for a large group discussion. Audience members can offer their own reflections on topics covered earlier in the day. Attendees will be prompted to consider their own role in how land use is addressed within their sector of Connecticut and share any major takeaways from the summit panelists.

For further details and questions, contact jbryan@ctconservation.org