Carlton Landing Community Foundation Introduces Speaker Series on How to Build Healthy, Sustainable Communities

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Acclaimed Author and Executive Director of Strong Towns Charles Marohn Scheduled to Speak on April 23

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Our goal in hosting these events is to produce a rich collection of wisdom that attendees can use to make the world a better place to live, starting with their own communities.

This month, Oklahoma’s newest town will launch an exciting and enlightening new initiative – The Carlton Landing Community Foundation Speaker Series. Open to the public, the Series is designed to encourage a dialogue that considers the elements of healthy and sustainable communities. Twice each year, the Foundation will bring in a special guest speaker to address financial, social, cultural, and ecological issues that determine the shape and nature of successful communities. The first speaker event will be held on Saturday, April 23 with special guest Charles Marohn, a thought leader from Minnesota who serves as Executive Director of Strong Towns, a non-profit organization he founded.

Strong Towns was created “to support a model of development that allows America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods to become financially strong and resilient.” Marohn speaks nationally to a variety of audiences, is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Volume 1) and A World Class Transportation System, as well as the host of the Strong Towns Podcast.

“Our goal in hosting these events is to produce a rich collection of wisdom that attendees can use to make the world a better place to live, starting with their own communities,” says Carlton Landing Town Founder Grant Humphreys.

Held on Saturday, April 23rd at 2:00 p.m., the Speaker Series will take place in Carlton Landing’s Pavilion Park. In the event of inclement weather, it will relocate to the school buildings at Carlton Landing Academy. The Speaker Series is open to the public and offered at no charge, thanks to generous underwriting by the Carlton Landing Community Foundation. To attend, please RSVP on EventBrite through Carlton Landing’s online Community Calendar.

For more information on Charles Marohn and Strong Towns, visit

Carlton Landing is Oklahoma’s newest town. Grant and Jen Humphreys, the lakeside community’s first residents, founded the community in 2011. The town occupies one of Lake Eufaula’s most picturesque areas, with sandy beaches, towering cliffs, beautiful woodlands and some of the lake’s finest water quality. Famed planner and architect Andreas Duany, known for designing the Rosemary Beach and Seaside communities on the Florida panhandle, crafted the Carlton Landing master plan with Humphreys in 2008. Inspired by the New Urbanism movement—which holds that life, work and play are all central to a community’s vitality—Carlton Landing is the first development of its kind to become a distinct municipality. The master plan includes schools, a waterfront chapel, Nature Center, community parks, trails, and a town center with restaurants and shops. Plans call for more than 3,000 homes, a private residence club and a generational development timeline. For more information, visit

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