Remaking Economic Development: Weathering Political Transitions
You'll learn about:
- Key tenets of holistic economic development, and how to connect the market elements of economic development with civics to sustain and maintain action
- Best practices in creating and sustaining inclusive economic development plans from speakers and each other
- Strategies to help ensure that future plans will weather changes in administration
Time and again, even the best laid plans are undercut when administrations change. The time and resources lost when this happens are often significant. Bringing together academic, agency, municipal government, and private sector experts to share lessons learned from their own experiences, this session will be an examination of strategies for economic development, focusing on setting actionable goals that are tied not only to markets but to civic will.
Amy Liu of the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program will provide an overview of the key strategies of “Remaking Economic Development”. Facilitator Tina Lund AICP, Principal of Urbanomics will direct the conversation drawing on the experiences of Roderick Miller, President & CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation; Diana Rodgers, Acting Director of Housing and Economic Development and Walter Denson, Director-Division of Real Estate, both of the City of Trenton, along with Larisa Ortiz of Larisa Ortiz Associates, retail development specialist for Trenton, to get the discussion started by sharing their experiences and successful strategies for moving plans forward through administrative transitions. Through active discussion, participants will learn strategies from the speakers and each other that can be used once they return home.
, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
, Brookings Institution
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerTina C. Lund, AICP is a Principal with Urbanomics, an NYC-based economic planning firm. She has spent the past 20 years expanding her range of practice to encompass geospatial analysis of demographic and market trends; economic and fiscal impacts analysis; and qualitative research and consensus-building through public outreach. She has worked with both public and private sector clients throughout the northeast including the City of Trenton, the Village of Port Chester, and the Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Corp. Having begun her career as a research assistant in the days before the internet, she is intimately acquainted with the minutiae of data and even co-developed the Methods I (Applied Demography) course for the Pratt Institute's PSPD. She is also a past VP of Professional Development for the NY Metro Chapter.
, City of Trenton
, Larisa Ortiz Associates
, Jackson Heights
Confirmed SpeakerLarisa Ortiz, Principal of Larisa Ortiz Associates, is a nationally recognized consultant, speaker, instructor and author in the field of commercial district revitalization. In June 2014, she was nominated by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to serve on the City Planning Commission. She is also on the board of the International Downtown Association. Since starting LOA in 2008, Larisa has developed retail and implementation strategies for over 100 districts worldwide. Larisa’s recent professional accomplishments include the design and execution of the City of New York’s capacity building programs in retail leasing and leadership programs for commercial district practitioners. She is the author of “Improving Tenant Mix: A Guide for Commercial District Practitioners” (ICSC, 2015), “Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse” (IEDC, 2000) and is founder and editor of The Commercial District Advisor newsletter and blog. Larisa teaches "Downtown Economic Development" at the Pratt Institute. Additionally, she is Co-Chair of the City of New York’s One New York Plan and sits on the Advisory Committee for the RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan. A Watson Fellow and Fulbright Scholar, Larisa holds a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Bachelor with Honors from Wesleyan University.