Inspiring, exciting, and energizing. That’s how I would characterize my first two weeks at Highland Planning. Long before I came to work here, I found myself impressed by firm’s mission, the team’s passion and energy, and of course, their focus on innovative facilitation and public engagement techniques. I’m still impressed and I’m thrilled to be here.
Here’s the quickie version of my bio: I grew up in Rochester near Cobbs Hill, but spent much of the last 20 years in other places - Colorado, Portland, New Orleans, and Detroit. While living and working in a variety of cities has exposed me to some incredible experiences (and excellent craft beer), I’m excited to be back in my home town where I can put my energy into my own community as well as communities throughout New York State. Highland’s office space on South Clinton Ave is especially fun for me, as it’s just down the street from some of my favorite childhood stomping grounds at Highland Park, Warner Castle, and Mt. Hope Cemetery.
One opportunity I’m most excited about is the chance to unite two of my professional passions: facilitation/engagement and economic development analysis. You might ask how a self-professed data geek who loves technical analysis can also love facilitating meetings and engaging the public? I’ve always felt that the two can (and should) go hand in hand. Both activities have a few things in common: they both involve careful observation, asking good questions, and listening.
Along those lines, I’ll leave you with a question to consider: If we elevate a community’s collective knowledge and expertise to the same level as other economic data points, what kinds of new possibilities will we find that help us create long-lasting prosperity?
If you have an interesting question, a cool idea or collaboration (or just want to geek out over gourmet tea or craft beer) send me an email. In the meantime, here’s to many more inspiring, exciting, and energizing weeks at Highland Planning!
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