Placemaking: Perspectives, Challenges and Opportunities

APA Indiana Chapter


Thursday, March 23, 2017
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT

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Panelists from the State of Indiana and the City of Bloomington will discuss placemaking's role in local community development. The conversation will highlight why place-based initiatives are important, challenges to placemaking, and national and state funding opportunities. Hear how an Indiana community is focusing on placemaking as an economic development tool.


Colette Childress

Colette Childress serves as a Project Manager with OCRA. Colette and the Project Team is overseen by OCRA's Deputy Director, Matt Crouch, Executive Director Bill Konyha and is part of Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch's Family of Business alongside Indiana Housing and Community Development, Department of Agriculture, Indiana Office ... Read More

Sean Starowitz

Sean Starowitz currently lives and works in Bloomington, Indiana as the Assistant Director for Economic Development for the Arts. Starowitz has worked in various capacities at the intersection of the arts and culture and community development. He is a 2010 graduate of the Interdisciplinary Arts program at the Kansas City ... Read More

Veronica Watson

Veronica is the Director of Indiana Operations for Patronicity, a civic crowdfunding platform. She was hired in September 2016 to help oversee the launch of the CreatINg Places state funding program. Prior to working for Patronicity, she served for two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA in New Orleans and Indianapolis. Read More

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