The Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy is pleased to announce that Program Director Jen Smith has been invited to sit on the 2018 Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community Cohort Advisory Committee.
Jen on the deck of the Imagination Center with Summer 2017 staff.
According to Southwest Airlines, the purpose of Heart of the Community (HOTC) Cohort “is to leverage the HOTC grantee network to increase individual and collective knowledge, capacity and influence, and support the continued growth of the placemaking movement. ”
When the DPPC received its Heart of the Community grant a few years ago, our programming team, under Jen’s direction, was able to take our free summer programming to the next level. Through the building of the Imagination Center and a substantial investment in staff, supplies and equipment, a transformation occurred in Burnside Park, the effects of which continue to be felt.
Jen Smith joins four other talented individuals on this committee:
- Lola Bird, Downtown ABQ Main Street
- Bob Gregory, Downtown Detroit Partnership
- Edu Santana, Pershing Square Renew
- Jim Walker, Big Car Collaborative
These individuals were chosen based on their diverse experience, backgrounds and expertise.
Congratulations to Jen for this well deserved acknowledgement. We know her years of knowledge gained in Burnside Park will be a valuable resource to her peers, and will help spread the word of all everything happening in Greater Kennedy Plaza.