About: Shirley Berardo
Shirley Berardo retired from IBM after 23 years, 20 of which were spent in people, program, product, and process management. A highlight of her career was working with an IBM Fellow who invented the Touch Technology for mobile software and hardware. Shirley’s developed the business case and successfully brought the product to market. Shirley studied at Texas Western University, The George Washington University, Princeton University, IBM Systems Science Institute, numerous IBM Management Courses – Seminars – Conferences, and the Corcoran School of Art. She has been a vocalist of classical and popular music, a commissioned artist, and in 2002 wrote “In My Heart”, a story of care-giving, death, and grief. She has published numerous family and life experience essays. Shirley served as President of the Prince William County Cultural Arts Federation and Executive Director of the Gig Harbor Key Peninsula Cultural Arts Commission. She also served as the Clarksville Montgomery County Arts & Heritage Development Council Executive Director from 2004-2007. Traveling with husband Anthony is her favorite retirement past-time now. When home, she enjoys volunteering with non-profit organizations, providing advice and counsel on grant opportunities and program development..
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This letter was written prior to the cancellation of the DDP redevelopment meeting. However, it’s message is one that deserves an airing, so Clarksville Online has opted to run it with the caveat that, for now, the controversial blight ordinance is on hold.
The Clarksville Center Redevelopment Plan (CCRP) was approved recently by the City Council. On Thursday, January 10, 6:00PM, at Austin Peay State University’s Clement Auditorium, a meeting is scheduled at which the DDP (Downtown Business Partnership) and City officials will answer questions about the Plan.
The Plan is being challenged by concerned residents of Clarksville’s historic districts and downtown areas, the Tennessee State Historic Commission, the Tennessee Preservation Trust, and others because it contains unclear language. The document uses the term “Blighted” in describing the entire Clarksville downtown area, (with the exception of property owned by APSU), which allows for homes to be taken via eminent domain by private developers. Public meetings prior to the approval of the document were limited. No letters were sent; many in the Plan area were not even aware such a document existed prior to the Council vote this past September. «Read the rest of this article»