You'll learn about:
The level of planning guidance—from advocacy to form-based code—that is called for at different stages of transformative economic development
The timeframes that should be considered for different levels of change—and the different implementation strategies needed to shape near- and long-term change effectively
The audiences that deserve attention in helping communities induce and respond to change
How struggling cities can leverage their urban form assets to promote economic and community development
Allentown, Pa., used tax incentives to ignite $1 billion in downtown redevelopment in just three years—then realized it needed a master plan, fast. Having actively sought investment for decades, leaders needed to learn how to push and pull on an avalanche of unprecedented development proposals to ensure a good fit with people and place. How is Allentown bridging gaps between Main Street and neighborhoods? Past and present?
Bridgeport, Conn., and state agencies are investing millions to bring extensive rail service to 50 acres of fallow industrial brownfields that divide struggling neighborhoods. But even with strong locational and infrastructure assets, repositioning East Bridgeport for high-value, market-driven investment may take a decade or more. What essential foundations are needed now to hasten redevelopment? Can these respond to the immediate needs of people living and working in and among crumbling buildings?
Focusing on these two cities, this session highlights the different strategic planning approaches required, at these different stages of transformation, to secure and target public investment in a timely manner to attract private investment; shape private real estate development to create and leverage great urban places; connect challenged neighborhoods with new jobs, housing, services, and transit; and demonstrate meaningful near-term change, and build momentum for more.
About the Speakers
Shannon Calluori is the Interim Director in the Department of Community and Economic Development in the City of Allentown, Pennsylvania. In this position, Calluori is responsible for directing the City’s Planning and Zoning Bureau, Health Bureau, Building Standards and Safety Bureau, and Economic Development and Federal Grant Programs. Calluori is also the Acting Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Allentown. She is responsible for managing the acquisition, rehabilitation, and disposition of blighted properties. Prior to her current position, Calluori was the Director of the Bureau of Public Health Preparedness at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. She was responsible for directing public health preparedness policy and actions that secured state and local readiness, interagency collaboration and the capability to respond to the public health and medical consequences of disasters and emergencies. Calluori holds a master’s degree in City Planning and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
Director of Urban Design Associate Principal As Director of Urban Design, Ben provides leadership across a wide spectrum of Goody Clancy’s planning and urban design practice. His work on the redevelopment and revitalization of American cities–in downtowns and innovation districts, waterfronts, campuses, transportation corridors, urban neighborhoods and housing–has been recognized through numerous national and regional awards from the American Planning Association, the International Downtown Association, the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Society for College and University Planning. The participation of community groups and other public stakeholders is critical to the success of these projects, and he has exceptional skill in communicating complex design issues in public settings, and in developing consensus and approval. Building on an educational background in architectural design, he has become an expert in developing and documenting urban design guidelines, analyzing development alternatives and confirming preferred program and land use goals, all coordinated with economic, urban design and infrastructure frameworks. Ben’s current and recent work includes downtown plans for government clients and public-private partnerships in Bridgeport CT, White Plains NY, Arlington VA, Albany NY, Louisville, KY, and campus planning for Purdue University and Drexel University.
Dean Mack is a Planner in the City of Bridgeport’s Office of Planning and Economic Development. He is the project manager of the Barnum TOD and Adaptive Reuse Plan and the Waterfront Comprehensive Plan. He received his Master of Regional Planning degree from Cornell University in 2015. He has interned with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and worked on community engagement projects with Gensler and New York City Public Libraries, as well as WXY Studio and the New York City Housing Authority. He is interested in the process of urban development from both the public and private perspectives, and has developed community engagement tools that simulate the real estate development process, allowing stakeholders to engage with real world development scenarios from various perspectives.