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Kate M. Diersen addresses the American Planning Association on fighting blight

On October 15, 2012, Kate M. Diersen served on a panel addressing the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Planning Association at their 2012 Annual Conference, located in Erie, Pennsylvania.

The panel discussed blight fighting strategies and their place in overall community development. While the importance of addressing the quality of residential and commercial properties is often recognized, methods of taking the practical steps to do so isn’t as frequently addressed. The three-person panel discussed tools available to municipalities under Act 90, other “powers” available to local governments and discussed the overall tools necessary for long-term community vitality.

Kate Diersen is a member of the firm’s School and Municipal Law Group. As a municipal solicitor, Kate brings with her a broad experience in land use issues, labor and employment concerns and pension and retirement concerns. She has represented authorities in labor contract negotiations and has participated in negotiations for, and the drafting of, inter-municipal agreements.