Council to focus on smart growth
Feb. 20--Edwardsville Township Supervisor Frank Miles has joined Smart Growth America's "Local Leaders Council." The 100-member council aims to develop livable communities across the country.
Miles is one of only four members who currently serve on the council from the St. Louis area. In a news release, Miles said that the group is non-partisan group and "dedicated to facilitating and networking among local leaders" nationwide.
"We have made great strides in Edwardsville and Glen Carbon towards building stronger neighborhoods," Miles said. "Smart Growth America's Local Leaders Council connects directly to this work, and I look forward to learning from other leaders across the country who are dedicated to creating vibrant places where people want to live and raise a family."
Miles is currently executive director of the Southwestern Illinois College, Granite City campus. He formerly served as Director of Planning for the city of Edwardsville where he was directly involved in the redevelopment of the downtown in the 1990s. He has also been Madison County's Director of Planning and Development. As such he implemented land use and environmental policies "favorable to smart growth through his involvement in the I-55 Corridor project located east of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon.
"Smart Growth America is very pleased to have Supervisor Frank Miles as a member of the Local Leaders Council," Neha Bhatt, Deputy Policy Director at Smart Growth America said in a written statement.
"Supervisor Miles is a valuable addition to this network of top smart growth leaders."
Miles said he plans to use information and knowledge gained in the organization to work with residents in Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and Madison County "to shape sustainable land use development policies, eliminate growth challenges occurring elsewhere in the St. Louis metropolitan area."
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