Speed Session 2 - Friday

APA Minnesota Chapter


Friday, September 29, 2017
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CDT

CM | 1.50

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1) Hiring? The secret to attracting young talented employees: Does attracting and retaining young talent feel like aiming for a moving target? This session focuses on young planners and what they want employers to know.  Based on a locally conducted survey of planning students and recent graduates in Minnesota, this session will provide insight on how new planners navigate job searching, working and professional development.

2) A Flood of Ideas: Brownfield Redevelopment after the 2011 Mouse River Flood:  In 2011, Mouse River floodwaters caused devastating flooding along the River’s path, including Minot, ND.
 Many of the affected areas were historic industrial sites and low-wealth residential neighborhoods. This session will address the challenges of redevelopment and strategies to balance revitalization and  sustainability in the face of climate change.

3) Mixed income housing: New tools and strategies:  Mixed income housing has a reputation of being complex and challenging.  But it doesn’t have to be that way!  Find out new ways cities can encourage a small amount of affordable units in market rate developments, including a unique mixed-income feasibility calculator customized for the Twin Cities region!

4) A Case Study of Minneapolis’ Upper Harbor Development: This session will examine the Upper Harbor redevelopment project, along the Mississippi River in North Minneapolis. We’ll discuss the significance of the riverside location and the impact on the surrounding communities, especially minority residents and business owners. We’ll analyze the project’s successes and challenges, and explore similar “emerging communities.”

5) Medina $aves Million$ and Beats the (Irrigation) Peak:  Fearing the strain that lawn irrigation would place on its water system, Medina prohibits lawn irrigation with municipal water within new development. Join us to discuss how this action reduced water system investments by millions of dollars, provides opportunities for stormwater reuse and water conservation, but also presents new challenges.

6) Nobody Walks or Bikes Here: Integrating Active Transportation into Your Community:  Learn about small town, suburban and urban initiatives that integrate active transportation in policies, plans, and community design. Examples will range from active transportation plans and community engagement strategies to development review processes and roadway maintenance programs. Examples will focus on northern climate communities.


Nene Matey-Keke

Confirmed Speaker

Nene Matey-Keke, broker/owner of RNR Realty International in St. Louis Park MN, is an expert in residential and commercial buying and selling. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Sensible Land Use Coalition (SLUC), and is a member of the Urban Land Institute. He serves on ... Read More

Katrina Nygaard, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Katrina Nygaard brings both planning and urban design experience to her work, with an emphasis on community engagement and environmental justice. She is especially interested in equitable community development and the role that planners can play as educators, advocates, and capacity builders. Katrina uses her skills to create authentic, community-driven ... Read More

Ciara Schlichting, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Ciara Schlichting, AICP, is the Director of Toole Design Group's Minneapolis, MN office where she leads a multidisciplinary team of planners, engineers, and urban designers that work on multimodal transportation projects in the Midwest and across the county. Ciara has nearly 20 years of experience managing complex transportation, land ... Read More

Dusty Finke

Confirmed Speaker

Dusty Finke, AICP, has served as City Planner at the City of Medina for eight years after working in various roles in Medina for the previous four years. Dusty attended the Humphrey Institute (now School) of Public Affairs and Winona State University. Read More

Connor Schaefer

Confirmed Speaker

Connor Schaefer, a Planner with Washington County, primarily works on Regional Park and Trail projects. After an introduction to planning in high school, he has held positions in the public and private sector where he worked with urban, suburban and rural communities. Each of these experiences continue to inform his ... Read More

Emily Jorgenson

Confirmed Speaker

Emily is a Planner with Washington County. She earned her Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Minnesota in 2016, with an emphasis in land use. Her experience working in the public and private sector on economic development and transit has led her to develop interests ... Read More

D'Angelos Svenkeson

Confirmed Speaker

D'Angelos Svenkeson, Vice President of THOR Development and Construction, is a seasoned commercial real estate professional with substantial experience in all facets of the development and acquisition process. Read More

Tara Beard, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Tara Beard, AICP, has a Bachelor of Arts in architecture and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota. She has worked in the non profit and public sectors in a variety of housing, community development and planning roles. Currently she is a Housing Policy Analyst ... Read More

Contact Info

Jane Kansier, janeka@bolton-menk.com