Monte Anderson to Keynote National Gathering


Strong Towns is proud to announce that Monte Anderson, President of Options Real Estate, will keynote the Strong Towns National Gathering September 12-14 in Minneapolis.

“In terms of building a strong town, Monte has done it,” said Jim Kumon, Executive Director of Strong Towns. “Long before it was trendy, he was out there salvaging overlooked, walkable places and doing it in one of the most auto-oriented markets in the country.”

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Since 1984, Anderson’s work has concentrated on improving the living and working environments in forgotten communities. Repurposing old buildings, redeveloping underused business districts, connecting new modes of transportation and creating social engagement within communities, is the core foundation of his company.

While President of the Oak Cliff Foundation, Anderson raised capital for the non-profit and renovated the historic Texas Theatre, in Dallas. The infamous theater operates a popular movie and live performance venue and is home to the Oak Cliff Film Festival.

Monte developed Main Station, the first mixed-use development in Duncanville, Texas. Built in a fractured downtown, the project gave the City an opportunity to redesign and repair the form of its business district so that it could accommodate future growth.

“We really wanted to hear from a pioneer, someone who knows this stuff inside and out and has the battle scars to prove it,” said Charles Marohn, president of Strong Towns. “I’m psyched. This is going to be a fantastic event.”

Monte Anderson has been the recipient of numerous honors for his community involvement and has earned awards from organizations such as Preservation Dallas, Preservation Texas, North Central Texas Council of Governments and the American Planning Association.

He has served as Chairman of the Board for the Cedar Hill, DeSoto and Oak Cliff Chambers of Commerce; Best Southwest Partnership; and Operation Clean Sweep. He was the founding president of the North Texas chapter for The Congress for the New Urbanism, and currently serves on the Board of Directors.

The Strong Towns National Gathering is being held in Minneapolis this September 12-14. For more details and to sign up, visit the Strong Towns member site.

You can follow Monte Anderson on Twitter at @montewanderson.