Economic Development in Small Town America
You'll learn about:
Unique opportunities and special considerations of economic development in small towns.
How to anticipate and resolve economic development issues that may be unique to small towns and rural areas because of relationships and politics.
Identifying how to position your town for success through housing, retail businesses, and special events.
Economic Development in small towns and rural areas is different than other parts of the country. Planners in these communities are often dealing with declining populations, and businesses leaving for other communities. In order to address these issues, small towns need to take bold steps to attract and retain businesses, hotels, visitors, and tax dollars. Learn from three unique small towns – Grand Island, NE, Snyder, TX and Aspen, CO - about their issues and what they are doing to address economic development. Then participate in discussion with fellow planners about what best practices can be used in your community to ensure prosperous economies.
, Hall County RPC
, Grand Island
Invited SpeakerChad has been the Planning Director for the Hall County Regional Planning Commission since December 1999. The Hall County Planning Commission provides planning services to Hall County, the cities of Grand Island and Wood River, and the Villages of Alda, Doniphan and Cairo. He is a professional planner with a Masters of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the Small Town and Rural Planning Division of the American Planning Association and Nebraska Planning and Zoning Association (NPZA). He is active in the Nebraska Association of County Officials (NACO) Zoning Administrator Affiliate. Chad has variety of experience in planning issues in Nebraska ranging from: work relative to infectious and communicable disease prevention planning to researching affordable housing issues and strategies; to experience with county and municipal land use planning in Madison and Hall Counties. As Past Chair of STaR it is his mission to spread the facilitated discussion format of STaR programs from the National Planning Conference to state and regional conferences across the country. Creating opportunities for discussion and dialog on planning issues across the nation.
, City of Aspen
Confirmed SpeakerJessica Garrow is the City of Aspen’s Community Development Director, specializing in policy planning, public participation, and land use development. Prior to becoming the director she served as the Aspen Long Range Planner for 8 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University and has over ten years of experience in the planning field. Prior to joining the City of Aspen she worked for the MPO in Columbus, Ohio. Jessica currently serves as the Vice Chair for Conferences and Programs in APA’s Small Town and Rural Division. She has presented at state and national planning conferences on affordable housing regulations, comprehensive planning, and transportation mitigation.