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IEDC: Designing Places and Building Economic Success
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When: 3/11/2015
Where: Web Seminar

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Link: IEDC Web Seminar Series



Designing Places and Building Economic Success

Date: Wednesday, March 11
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 pm ET
Price: $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Non-members



Link: Register

Placemaking is concerned with fostering high-quality places such as vital downtowns, clean rivers, green parks, and rich cultural experiences. Though placemaking has traditionally been a concern of architects and urban planners, economic developers can no longer afford to ignore this important movement: more than ever, skilled workers, especially younger ones, are deciding where to move based on lifestyle as much as the availability of jobs. Businesses, especially in high-wage and high-growth sectors, are proactively selecting business location based on qualities of place, knowing that is the only way to keep the top talent they need.

Economic developers must address the "soft" factors to make their communities attractive and successful. In this webinar, attendees will learn how forward-looking communities use placemaking to help revitalize neighborhoods, retain talent, and attract business.

Join IEDC on Wednesday, March 11 to learn how to:

- Integrate placemaking into your economic development strategy
- Collaborate with other agencies and the private sector on placemaking initiatives
- Use placemaking to attract business and skilled workers


Link: Register


Dr. Katherine Loflin
Loflin Consulting Solutions

Dr. Katherine Loflin is the Principal of Loflin Consulting Solutions. She is recognized as a global leader in placemaking and has held leadership and advisor roles in groundbreaking placemaking projects, such as Knight Soul of the Community, Our Miami, and Calgary's Inspiring Strong Neighborhoods. Dr. Loflin has worked previously as the Program Director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Florida, helping guide the foundation's charitable investment of millions annually. She received a masters and PhD in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jim Tishcler, AICP
Director, Community Development
Michigan State Housing Development Authority

James Tischler, AICP, PCP is Director of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority's Community Development Division. He is responsible for management of the State of Michigan's Federal- and State-funded housing and community development programs, design of housing and neighborhood policy, and facilitating the State's community planning and development activities. Mr. Tischler holds a Master of Urban Planning Degree from Wayne State University and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.