Reconnecting America People * Places * Possibility

Twin Cities Workshop On TOD And Walkable Communities

More News & Resources:


Workshop II: Connecting Land Use and
Transportation - Overcoming Regulatory Obstacles
Monday April 19, 2010
9 am - 12 pm
Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Pkwy, St. Paul

Featuring Joseph Schilling, Virginia Tech Metropolitan Center
Joseph Schilling leads the Metropolitan Institute's Green Regions Initiative. He also provides communities with policy guidance in such areas as vacant property revitalization, brownfields redevelopment, smart growth, and zoning code reform. Previously, Schilling directed the community and economic development programs for the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) focusing on local governments and the intersection of land use laws and policies as they relate to smart growth and the community revitalization

Local Panel:
Barb Sporlein, Minneapolis CPED Planning Director
Janet Jeremiah, Eden Prairie Community Development
Suzanne Rhees, Cuningham Group
Norm Bjornnes, Oaks Properties LLC (developer)
Guy Peterson, Met Council

-- Register Now!



Workshop III: Equitable Development and
Community Benefits
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
9 am - 12 pm
Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Pkwy N, St. Paul

Featuring Leslie Moody, Partnership With Working Families
Leslie Moody helped found PWF and has served as Executive Director since 2007. Previously, Leslie spent 15 years changing Colorado's organizing and political landscape, including a decade as the first woman president of the Denver Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. She co-founded the Front Range Economic Strategy Center (FRESC), and co-chaired the successful community benefits campaign at the Cherokee-Gates brownfield redevelopment.

Local Panel:
Russ Adams, Alliance for Metropolitan Stability
Gretchen Nicholls, LISC / Corridor Development Initiative
Malik Holt-Shabazz, Harrison Neighborhood Association
Isabel Chanslor, University Avenue Business Preparation Collaborative
Jonathan Sage Martinson, Central Corridor Funders Collaborative




Workshop IV:  Financing of Transit-Oriented Districts - Building Public/Private Partnerships

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
9 am - 12 pm
Dorsey & Whitney, 50 S 6th Street, Minneapolis

Featuring Dena Belzer, Strategic Economics
Ms. Belzer is the founder and principal of Strategic Economics, an urban economics and planning firm in Berkeley, CA . She has over 25 years of experience assisting local and regional governments, private for-profit and non-profit developers, transit agencies, foundations and federal entities with a wide variety of land use and transit planning, real estate development, and economic development issues. She is on the management team of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development.

Local Panel:
Becky Rom, Twin Cities Community Land Bank
Beth Reetz, Metropolitan Council
Patricia Nauman, Metro Cities
Colleen Carey, The Cornerstone Group (developer)
Patricia Fitzgerald, Hennepin County Community Works

Richard Manson, National LISC
Kayla Butler, MN Housing Finance Agency
Dan Smith, Wells Fargo Community Lending Group