Carlisle’s Future: Balancing Environmental and Economic Concerns – Panel Discussion

Carlisle Future Final PosterThursday, January 30, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.


George Pomeroy, professor, Shippensburg University
Kirk Stoner, director of planning, Cumberland County
Nathan Wolf, attorney, Wolf & Wolf
John Henson, moderator, professor, Dickinson College

A panel of experts will discuss the complex array of environmental and economic-development issues surrounding the evolution of the Carlisle area as a major logistics center with the associated construction of mega-warehouses and the concentration of truck traffic.  The panel will be composed of representatives of academia, non-profit environmental groups, developers, the public sector, and the local community.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters and the Carlisle YWCA.

Biographies (provided by the speakers)

George Pomeroy photoGeorge Pomeroy is a professor of geography – earth science and director of the Center for Land Use at Shippensburg University.  His teaching and research interests speak to community, land use, and environmental planning.  His degrees are in geography (B.A. Ed., M.S., Western Washington University) and in urban studies and public administration (Ph.D., The University of Akron).  For his research, Dr. Pomeroy has received the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.  He also serves as a member of the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania.

Kirk Stoner picKirk Stoner is the director of planning for Cumberland County.  In that role he establishes countywide land use, transportation, environmental, and community policy and works with the county’s 33 municipalities to integrate the concepts from the countywide plan into local plans.  Prior to his work in the Planning Department, Kirk was a business development specialist with Cumberland County Economic Development.  He holds a master’s degree in geoenvironmental studies with a land use specialization from Shippensburg University.  Kirk is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a gubernatorial appointment to the Pennsylvania State Planning Board, past president of the Planning Directors Association of Pennsylvania, and past chairman of the South Middleton Township Zoning Hearing Board.

NCW Head ShotNathan Wolf is a 2001 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, and a 1998 Summa Cum Laude graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  While in law school, Mr. Wolf was a member of the Gourley Trial Competition team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was a law clerk to E. Robert Elicker, II, Divorce Master of Cumberland County, and the Honorable Kevin A. Hess, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Cumberland County.  Since graduation, Mr. Wolf has practiced law in Carlisle Pennsylvania, first as an associate with Irwin Law Office, until he opened a solo practice in March 2004.   Since August 2005, he has been a partner of the firm Wolf & Wolf where he practices with his wife, Stacy Barker Wolf, Esquire.

Mr. Wolf devotes a substantial portion of his practice to family law and criminal defense, however he handles cases in the areas of real estate, civil litigation, wills, and estate administration, along with land use and zoning matters.  Since 2003, Mr. Wolf has represented individuals and citizens groups in opposition to major land development projects in Cumberland, Adams, Dauphin, Blair, and Fulton Counties.  In so doing, Mr. Wolf has successfully opposed several large scale distribution facilities in the Carlisle area and is proud of his contributions to the quality of life in the Carlisle area. Mr. Wolf is also a co-author of Pennsylvania Civil Practice, 5th Ed. Lexis-Nexis, 2012.   Mr. Wolf and his wife live in Dickinson Township with their daughters.

hensonJohn Henson (moderator) is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology at Dickinson College where he has been teaching and doing research for the last 25 years. He is a broadly trained cell biologist with research interests in marine biology, immunology, developmental biology, sustainability, climate change, and public health and holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia, a master’s degree from Florida State, and a doctorate from Harvard.  In addition to his position in the Biology Department, he also participates in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Health Studies Programs.  His interest in Carlisle’s role as a major logistics center grew out of research his Health Studies senior seminar students have performed on compliance with Pennsylvania’s Act 124 anti-diesel idling law. He also serves as a member of the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania.

Video of the Lecture


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