Wayne Blasius, community development director for the City of Oak Ridge, will discuss the current status of Downtown Oak Ridge during a lunchtime meeting on Tuesday.
The meeting will be hosted by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, and it will be online. League members and nonmembers receiving this announcement will receive the zoom link before March 2, a press release said.
For instructions on how to access the presentation on Tuesday, send an email to [email protected]. A couple of days following the presentation, you may view the recorded session on the League’s website at https://my.lwv.org/tennessee/oak-ridge.
Blasius became the director of community development for the City of Oak Ridge in September 2017. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and adopted East Tennessee as his home in 1977, a press release said.
Before he came to Oak Ridge, Blasius led the nonprofit East Tennessee Community Design Center (2014-17) and served as president of the InSite Development Corporation (2001-2015), where he completed major downtown Knoxville historic rehabilitations such as the Phoenix and Mast General Store/Gallery Lofts, the press release said. He also consulted on energy management, infrastructure, and sustainability matters for Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Previously in his career, he served as deputy director of the City of Knoxville’s Department of Community Development.
Blasius has a bachelor’s degree in economics (with an emphasis in environmental studies) from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master of science in urban planning from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He has chaired and served as a member on numerous community boards and agencies, the press release said.
Responsible for coordinating the city’s planning and code enforcement functions, while simultaneously focusing on sustainability and quality of life issues, Blasius will address the current status of Downtown Oak Ridge on Tuesday, viewed in the context of the City’s 2019 Blueprint Plan, the press release said.
Lunch with the League welcomes League members and nonmembers alike to this informative presentation, the press release said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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