Testimonials

Thanks again for all the work you put into your keynote and workshop on designing the next generation of land banks, Storm! We really appreciate it. We just compiled the surveys from that 2017 Summit, and the feedback was very positive.

Kelly Clarke
President - Michigan Association of Land Banks

“I’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews about your keynote at our 2016 Summer School, Storm.
Your strategy of repurposing, renewing, and reconnecting hit home with many in the room,
and will hopefully be reflected in the preservation work we see throughout Maryland.”

Margaret De Arcangelis
Preservation Services Director - Preservation Maryland

“Storm: thank you so much for your keynote at our 2015 Convene For Green! It was a very successful event and you played no small roll in that! You did a great job re-energizing the crowd after lunch. I heard tons of complements about your talk and attendees really enjoyed your perspective and your 3Re strategy.”

Lauren Boitel
Executive Director - Green Chips: Southern Nevada Sustainability Summit

“Storm hit the nail on the head! His keynote at our annual event couldn’t have been better: riveting,
humorous, & poignant. The audience was engaged, educated, & entertained.”

“Your presentation at our 7th Annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference (500 attendees, from 3 countries, 21 states, and 100 cities) was exceptional and right on the mark!”

Michael Van Milligen
City Manager - Dubuque, Iowa

Thanks for an inspiring keynote to the 2000 folks at the national Computers in Libraries conference in Washington, DC! We haven’t stopped thinking and talking about your presentation on “Libraries as community revitalizers”.

Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz
Knowledge Manager - Cleveland Public Library

Storm: your keynote presentation at the inaugural Americans for Community Development National Conference (Evanston, IL) was the highlight of the event. Well done. We hope to bring you back to keynote next year, as well.

Michael J. Zimmer
attorney - Thompson Hine LLP, Washington, DC

Hi, Storm. We had another successful annual conference last month with speakers from South Africa and India. Last night we had a board meeting to summarize the event. All agreed that out of the 6 international keynote speakers we’ve had in the last 3 years, you were the best!

 

Amos Brandeis
Chairman - Israel Planners Association

Thank you immensely for contributing to the success of the third annual Hamilton Economic Summit. Feedback in response to your engagement process, keynote message, and follow-through has been uniformly positive across our community. Civic leaders appreciated your advance visit to Hamilton to meet with them to learn first-hand about our aspirations for community renewal and various key projects now underway. This valuable homework clearly helped you localize your myriad pre-summit media engagements as well as address key challenges and opportunities during your summit presentation. Most important, your genuine, informed, and respectful approach has created early ties we hope will translate into a long term working relationship centred on advancing Hamilton’s renewal goals.

Storm Cunningham offers one of the most comprehensive blueprints to the revitalization of a city.

Yew-Thong Leong
OAA, MRA,IC, FIIAS Associate Professor of Architecture / Program Coordinator – Programs in Architecture - Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, CANADA

I will be honest: I was prepared to be pretty skeptical about Storm Cunningham’s Albany 2030 lecture last Thursday. …Whether Cunningham has really discovered anything new, or just figured out how to package and explain some stuff that is old hat to some of us so that people will listen, I’m really glad he came to Albany, because he said a lot of things we need to take seriously.
…there was one nearly universal point to all his stories whose relevance for Albany was unmistakable. To quote: ‘If you have a great body of water, and you’re not revitalizing, something’s wrong.’
 Excerpt from article in Metroland Online (Capital Region of New York) by journalist and community development consultant Miriam Axel-Lute

 

Metroland Online
- Capital Region of New York

Very informative, and so encouraging to hear good news about progressive approaches…being used around the world. You (Storm) very effectively used cartoons & other graphics. I found your talk completely refreshing and energizing, as well as amusing. Although urban revitalization is a serious topic, your clever use of humor dispels many of the myths and spotlights the utter absurdity of the “status quo” school of community renewal. I work with serious issues of public safety, delinquency, and crime prevention, and sometimes forget how humor can so effectively be used to make a point. I am so impressed that the City of Albany…has engaged this visionary team of planners and consultants.

 

Lorraine Hogan
concerned citizen -

“Dear Storm: Thank you for all that you contributed to the Nova Scotia regional revitalization event in our little fishing village of 650 people. The turnout was fantastic! Your talk covered a huge scope, and offered so much more than we were expecting. I have had numerous people come up to me and tell me how valuable it was. But this event was more than a valuable learning experience for all of us: Lockeport really needed your strong dose of revitalization to kick-start the momentum.”

Dayle Eshelby
Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) Coordinator - Town of Lockeport, NS Canada

“Storm – it was great meeting you last week, and your speech at the Union Club of Cleveland was fabulous!”

 

Gregory B. West
Vice President - Colliers Ostendorf-Morris

“I just wanted to thank you again for your outstanding job as Keynote Speaker at our National Symposium in Halifax. You set the tone and context for one of our best events to date…a sentiment that was expressed by many participants on the symposium evaluation forms.”

 

“Storm: You were a great hit, and your message fit perfectly with where our
organization wants to head in the coming years. I was very happy when
two of the elected officials at the conference announced to the entire
audience that they had never before taken so many notes from a keynote
speech
.”

Gabriella Kalapos
Executive Director - Clean Air Partnership, Toronto, ON Canada

Dear Storm: Thank you for helping to make our annual conference, this one focused on the revitalization of Jerusalem–such a huge success. Everyone told me after the 2-day event that yours was by far their favorite presentation–both entertaining and useful–and they congratulated me for having hired you. In fact, planners from several other cities and organizations said they are going to invite you back to give the same talk to their local leaders. You did create one problem for us, though: our conference usually attracts 300 registrants, but this one drew over 400. So, many people had to stand in the back of the auditorium. I’m sure your presence on the program had much to do with creating that ‘problem’ for us.

Amos Brandeis
Chairman - Israel Planners Association

Storm: I can’t thank you enough for your wonderful presentation on Friday. You certainly took Oshawa (and half of Durham Region) by storm!! Mayor John Gray–plus our business, economic development, city management, and planning leaders–were full of praise for the highly practical ideas, tools, and visionary examples you presented so effectively. The feedback has been incredibly positive.

 

Suzanne Elston
Senior Environmental Coordinator - City of Oshawa, ON Canada

Today, political representatives from municipalities across the GTA gathered to discuss what they are doing to reduce carbon emissions at the 10th Annual Smog Summit held at Toronto City Hall. After an informative and inspiring keynote address by green economy expert Storm Cunningham, mayors and city councilors from Toronto, York, Halton and Peel Regions shared the steps their cities have taken to fight climate change in the GTA [Greater Toronto Area]. From article by reporter Meghan Housley  in June 3, 2009 issue of NewsFix full article

 

Meghan Housley
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Thank you for your performance yesterday! I received very positive feedback from Discover America members regarding your tailored, thought-provoking presentation. You successfully challenged us to see how the travel industry can flourish in this economic crisis through strategic restoration and revitalization. This revelation of renewal could not have come at a better time, and will certainly help our audience to think beyond the bounds of ‘business as usual’ and to stay ahead of the curve. I’m very happy the U.S. Commercial Service recom-mended you to us.

 

Chris Robinson
- ChrisRobinsonTravelShow.com

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