Breakfast Series Event: Transformative Projects Around Indiana
Projects are transforming multiple communities around the state. At our Oct. 25 Breakfast Series program, Jeff Kingsbury, Managing Principal at Greenstreet Ltd., will share information about the Electric Works development in Fort Wayne and Dennis Carson, EDFP, Economic Development Director for the City of Lafayette, will summarize and highlight Lafayette’s Downtown Planning Opportunity Sites & Placemaking projects and the Five Points redevelopment. Deb Kunce, FAIA, LEED AP, Managing Principal at CORE Planning Strategies, will kick-off and moderate the discussion.
7:30am – 8:00am – Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:00am – 9:00 am – Presentations and Q & A
A certified Economic Development Financial Professional, Dennis has worked to enhance Indiana’s economic health since 1992. He currently pursues this as director of the City of Lafayette Economic Development Department, a post he assumed in early 2005, and as executive director of the Lafayette Urban Enterprise Association Inc., a post he’s held since 1994. Over the years, Dennis has assisted in industry commercial/office/housing development and expansions; hotel, restaurant and retail construction and openings; downtown revitalization; urban renewal; brownfield conversions; workforce development; public art initiatives and numerous other community developments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and management from Ball State University, and he pursued advanced studies in its urban and regional planning master’s program and Indiana Economic Development Academy. In 2013, he was co-founder of MatchBOX Coworking Studio, where he now serves as director of economic development and leads its management committee. Recently, he spearheaded state legislation that created a pilot program for development of Innovation Driven Enterprises and small business growth. The Entrepreneur and Enterprise District program provides state and local resources and incentives in partnership with MatchBOX.
Jeff is Managing Principal of Greenstreet Ltd., an Indianapolis-based strategic planning and real estate practice that specializes in leveraging sustainable strategies in the redevelopment of urban places. Jeff’s experience includes over 25 years in the planning and development of urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the US. Having been a principal in the development and disposition of over $350 million in real estate, Jeff has consulted on planning, economic development, and regulatory issues for private sector clients as well as cities, counties, and non-profits in 16 states and two foreign countries. Jeff currently serves as chair of mission advancement for ULI Indiana. The founding chair of the Redevelopment and Reuse Council, he has served as chair of the Sustainable Development Council, a juror for the Institute’s Global Awards for Excellence, and an advisor for ULI’s Committee on Climate Change, Land Use and Energy. Co-author of the book Developing Sustainable Planned Communities(ULI, 2007), Jeff is a teacher and frequent speaker for Georgetown University, Pace University, Ball State University, University of Indianapolis, The Conservation Fund, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Association of Home Builders and ULI.
Deb is founding principal of CORE Planning Strategies, which helps organizations increase efficiencies, realize ideal capital improvements, and transform communities. With more than 20 years of planning and construction experience, Deb focuses on driving strategy, building relationships, and ensuring CORE helps clients achieve successful transformations. Deb is committed to growing future leaders through involvement in multiple local industry and community groups and one-on-one mentoring. A member of the ULI Indiana district council, Deb is chair of the organization’s Technical Assistance Panel program.
About the Projects:
The City of Lafayette, working with with MKSK and Greenstreet, commissioned the Lafayette Downtown Planning: Opportunity Sites & Placemaking study, which explored retail, office and hospitality and downtown living within 45 blocks and four downtown districts, along with potential development within the opportunity sites.
The Five Points district in the City of Lafayette is iconic to residents, with its location along a key corridor linking I-65 to downtown and Purdue University. Primarily comprised of a mix of historic structures and newer low-density commercial buildings, Five Points takes its name from the corners that result from the intersecting streets: Main, South, Columbia and 16th. The distinct threshold for eastbound and westbound travelers marks the entrance to downtown as well as the gateway to core residential areas. In better days, the Five Points area was a bustling commercial hub, but vibrancy has since waned, with multiple empty storefronts and underutilized buildings. The City commissioned a study to understand a different future for the Five Points area through development and connectivity opportunities.
Electric Works is a mixed-use district of innovation, energy and culture, developed as a public/private partnership between RTM Ventures and the City of Fort Wayne. A redevelopment and reuse of the former General Electric campus in downtown Fort Wayne, Electric Works includes 39 acres, 18 historic buildings and more than 1.2 million square feet of space for office, educational, innovation, retail, residential, hotel and entertainment uses.
Event will be submitted for AIA and AICP Continuing Education credits and can be self-submitted for LAC ES credits.
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