Schuylkill Highlands- Legislative Breakfast & Speaker Event

May 13, 2016
8:30 am to 11:30 am

Legislative Breakfast and Speaker Event

Discussions on Issues of Interest to the
Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape

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Tom Murphy, Andrew Mowen and Austin Barrett

Deputy Secretary Nathan Flood

Senator Bob Mensch, Senator Warren Kampf,
Senator Judy Schwank, Representative Thomas Quigley

About the Speakers:

Tom Murphy

Urban Land Institute Senior Resident Fellow; Joseph C. Canizaro/Klingbeil Family Chair for Urban Development, senior resident fellow at the
Urban Land Institute since 2006

Title of Talk: Reaching for the Future: Intentional Communities

Since joining ULI, Murphy has served on many Advisory Services panels, including panels in Moscow and Hong Kong, as well as Baltimore, Chicago, and other U.S. cities. Additionally, Murphy served as ULI’s Gulf Coast liaison, helping coordinate with the leadership of New Orleans rebuilding recommendations.

Before joining ULI, Murphy served three terms as mayor of Pittsburgh, from January 1994 through December 2005. During that time, he initiated a public/private partnership strategy that leveraged more than $4.5 billion in economic development in the city. Murphy led efforts to secure and oversee $1 billion in funding for the development of two professional sports facilities, and a new convention center that is the largest certified green building in the United States. He developed strategic partnerships to transform more than 1,000 acres of blighted, abandoned industrial properties into new commercial, residential, retail, and public uses, and he oversaw the development of more than 25 miles of new riverfront trails and parks.

From 1979 through 1993, Murphy served eight terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He focused his legislative activities on changing western Pennsylvania’s economy from industrial to entrepreneurial, and wrote legislation requiring state pension funds to invest in venture capital firms. In addition, he wrote legislation to create the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, now over 25 years old, which is dedicated to advancing Pennsylvania’s focus on early-stage startup businesses and the commercialization of cutting-edge technologies.

Murphy served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 1970 to 1972. He is a 1993 graduate of the New Mayors Program offered by Harvard University’s Kennedy School. He holds a Master of Science degree in urban studies from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from John Carroll University.

He is an honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects; a board member of Harmony Development Inc. of New Orleans; president of the board of the Wild Waterways Conservancy of Pennsylvania; and a board member of Mountain Lake Inc. of Virginia.

Andrew Mowen

Ph.D. Associate Professor
Department of Recreation, Park and
Tourism Management at Penn State

Outdoor Recreation Behaviors and Attitudes in Southeast Pennsylvania; Key Findings Of the State Outdoor Recreation Plan

Andrews’s research focuses on the contribution of local parks in shaping a range of benefits for individuals and communities. His current research projects assess the impact of urban park revitalization projects on health, physical activity, and social cohesion as well as policy-makers’ perceptions of local park services. Dr. Mowen is a member of the National Recreation and Park Association Research Advisory Committee, and is the Community Recreation, Fitness, and Parks sector chair for the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan.

Austin Barrett

Ph.D. Candidate,
Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management at Penn State


Outdoor Recreation Behaviors and Attitudes in Southeast Pennsylvania; Key Findings Of the State Outdoor Recreation Plan

Austin’s research focuses on local park and recreation areas/policies. In particular, he is interested in understanding local government officials’ views on parks and recreation and factors that influence their decision making with regard to these services. Austin is also interested in outdoor recreation management, natural resources, and environmental interpretation. Previously, he worked as a ranger for both the USDA Forest Service and the National Park Service in California and Montana. In his free time, Austin enjoys exercising, playing his guitar, and reading.