Manchester Connects announces steering committee, project specialists

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MANCHESTER, NH – The organizing committee for Manchester Connects, the non-partisan, grassroots community action group, has released the names of the volunteers who will make up the organization’s steering committee.

“We were so pleased by the caliber of individuals who want to be active partners in this ongoing venture,” said co-chairs Sarah Jacobs and Harry Malone, “as well as by the wide range of skills they represent as we strive to make Manchester even more vital than it is today.”

Joining Jacobs and Malone on the steering committee are:

  • Nicholas Lazos, a real estate development attorney who will oversee legal and regulatory issues.
  • State Representative Patrick Long and Economic Development Specialist Chris Wellington, who will deal with resource identification and coordination.
  • Marketing specialist Marlana Trombley and longtime Union Leader columnist John Clayton from the Manchester Historic Association for branding and communications.

Those chosen to head up four of the initiatives outlined in a detailed report prepared by Civic Moxie include:

  • US FIRST executive Dia Stolnitz and City Parks Planner Chris Sullivan will direct the Creative Place-Making effort.
  • Derek Shooster, a regional and city planner with the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission will chair the Parking Solutions Committee.
  • Matthew Low, Director of Engineering Operations for Hoyle, Tanner & Associates, Inc. will co-chair the Pedestrian Bridge effort along with Lauren Collins-Cline, who is Director of Communications and Public Relations at Catholic Medical Center.
  • Anne Ketterer, a senior architect with Lavallee Brensinger Architects, will co-chair the Riverwalk Expansion committee with Steve Hebsch, who is a Project Designer at Lavallee Brensinger.

“With the steering committee and project chairs in place, the work of Manchester Connects can truly begin,” Jacobs said. “We’ve worked hard to create a sustainable model for the organization and our goals are ambitious as we move to make Manchester a more dynamic city; simply a great place to live, work, study and play.”

“There are still hundreds of people who took part in the two-year planning process for Manchester Connects,” Malone added, “and we hope to engage them as volunteers on the many initiatives that will be getting underway soon.”

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