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ESLC launches Center for Towns


New program aimed at supporting, strengthening small towns 

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC), a private, nonprofit land conservation organization dedicated to committed to preserving and sustaining the vibrant communities of the Eastern Shore and the lands and waters that connect them officially launched their new Center for Towns, an unprecedented initiative aimed at strengthening and supporting the small towns of the Eastern Shore.

ESLC joined a variety of state and local elected officials and state and local agency representatives to kick off the Center for Towns. The ceremony was held today at a press conference at the Tidewater Inn in Easton. The Center for Towns will continue ESLC’s efforts to be a resource for sound land use planning and community based projects on the Eastern Shore.

“Our vision for the Eastern Shore is one with vibrant towns and communities where our children’s children can live and raise their families. The launch of this new Center for Towns will help ESLC get closer to reaching that vision,” said ESLC Executive Director Rob Etgen. “While ESLC will always be committed to land conservation and our farming legacy, we are thrilled to be working with our towns and communities. We look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Using partnerships with other regional organizations, community groups, local officials and regional universities, the Center for Towns will provide education on town design and planning, community design projects and competitions and community-based land conservation projects in and around towns.

“Today’s launch and ribbon cutting is a special moment in ESLC’s history and we are honored to share it with so many partners and residents whose commitment to the Eastern Shore is apparent,” said Jake Day, ESLC’s Town Planning Manager. “We hope the launch of Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s Center for Towns will create new opportunities to ensure that the vibrancy and heritage of our small towns is sustained and enhanced for many generations to come.”

For more details about the Center for Towns programs, please visit the new website at www.centerfortowns.org or www.eslc.org.

 Click here to view videos from the launch of the Center for Towns…

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