Gateway Innovation District Redevelopment Scenarios
You'll learn about:
- Characteristics of innovation districts and the techniques communities can use to encourage innovative activity
- Economic and demographic characteristics of Howard County and how redevelopment can fit into the county’s overall future goals
- Inherent benefits of high-density mixed-use activity for fostering an innovative business culture
What are the outcomes of a comprehensive report on future development for the Gateway Office Park in Columbia, Maryland? This poster charts the next steps to enhance the viability for redevelopment and explore the economic possibilities of the area. It lays out key issues and goals for impending planning efforts and establishes a framework of development options for the next 25 years and beyond. These options encompass the key planning issues of economic development, transportation, housing, and urban design.
Three alternatives for development are proposed, with the common theme of developing the site as an innovation district (best defined as a spatial geographic model that stimulates economic growth by clustering entrepreneurs, startups, business accelerators, and incubators). This poster first examines the feasibility of transforming the office park into a regional hub of innovation. It then proposes strategies to spur innovative activity at the site, within the framework of the three alternatives. Howard County will use this research as a resource in creating a redevelopment plan for the Gateway Office Park.
Invited SpeakerPranita Ranbhise is a Graduate student in Urban Studies and Planning program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently employed at the Maryland - National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, assisting with multiple tasks related to updating Master Plan and Sector Plan for the Montgomery County. Her main interest within the field of planning lies in Transportation planning, and she is working to gaining skills on effective Planning strategies, economic planning and design. Pranita can be reached by her email address at email@example.com.
, University of Maryland
Confirmed SpeakerAaron Goldbeck is pursuing his Masters in Planning at the University of Maryland while working full time as the University's Campus Bicycle Coordinator. He is a specialist in the fields of active transportation and transportation demand management.
Invited SpeakerMolly Carpenter is a graduate student in Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently employed as an intern at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, helping to underwrite applications for multifamily lending programs. Her main interest within the field of planning lies in affordable housing, and she is working to establish a breadth of knowledge on housing policy, finance and design in order to intervene in the housing affordability crisis and increase the stock of affordable housing in an equitable and just manner. Molly can be reached by her email address at firstname.lastname@example.org.
, University of Maryland
Confirmed SpeakerDerek Lombardi is a graduate student in the University of Maryland's Urban Studies & Planning program. Prior to his studies, Derek spent five years in the education sector with Teach For America, as a ninth-grade math instructor in Charlotte, NC and a recruiter in New York City. He has worked with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Prince George's County and the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development in Baltimore. Derek intends to work in local and regional economic development and neighborhood revitalization, supporting blight elimination and inclusive growth in the same low-income communities where he taught.