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Community Champions and Empty City Coffers
Activity Code: S401
Date: Saturday, April 13
Community champions can accomplish many things that local governments are simply unable to in today’s resource-strapped environment. Explore tools and techniques that communities have used to identify, embrace, and honor citizen planning activists. Find out how increasing volunteer hours can help bring parks, bike lanes, river restoration, and other community-improvement projects to fruition.
Suzanne M. Schulz, AICP
Planning Director, City of Grand Rapids Plng Dept.
Phone: (616) 456-3646
Work: Suzanne Schulz is a Smart Growth advocate who believes in quality urban centers. Over the past 13 years, Suzanne has helped shift polices and land development practices in the City of Grand Rapids Planning Department to create a vibrant and sustainable community. She served as the city’s project manager for its progressive 2002 master plan, 2007 form-based zoning ordinance, and 2011 “Green Grand Rapids” (a community-based green infrastructure planning process). She is presently involved with the Michigan Street Corridor Plan - a 2011 HUD sustainable community challenge grant project. As Planning Director, Suzanne also oversees city development functions associated with the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and Historic Preservation Commission. She is the process manager for the City’s Sustainable Streets Task Force and serves on Grand Rapids’ Design Team as well as the Bus Rapid Transit Technical Advisory Committee. At the state level, Suzanne is Chair of the Michigan Complete Streets Advisory Council, a member of the Governor’s Grand Rapids Advisory Group, and Co-Chair of the ICSC State Governing Board. Prior to joining the City, Suzanne worked for 7 years in the consulting field; gaining a diverse background in research, master planning, zoning ordinances, and parks and recreation plans. She is a member of the Michigan Association of Planning, American Planning Association and American Institute of Certified Planners. She serves on the board of the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan and ICSC West Michigan Alliance. Suzanne believes in "walking the talk" of urban redevelopment and investment. She and her family live in the near-Downtown Heritage Hill historic district of Grand Rapids; own a deli and catering business in the Uptown district; and are starting a second deli on the Near Westside.
Education: Michigan State University, B.S. Urban and Regional Planning; Northwestern Michigan College, AA General Liberal Arts and Science
Publications: In Search of the Secret Public Participation Recipe, Commentary in Public Administration Review (PAR), for “Designing Public Participation Processes,” authored by Professors John Bryson, Kathryn Quick, Carissa Schively Slotterback, and Barbara Crosby, from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. January/February 2013 publication. Urban Green Infrastructure Regulations and Incentives. Co-authored with Landon Bartley, AICP. The Review, Michigan Municipal League. November/December 2012.
Other Publications: Top 10 “To Do’s” for Planning to Become an Essential Service. Michigan Planner, Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association. Sept/Oct 2011. Creating a Form-Based Code in Grand Rapids. The Review, Michigan Municipal League. Sept/Oct 2008. http://www.mml.org/resources/publications/mmr/issue/form-based.html
Past Assignments: Michigan Association of Planning, 2012 Annual Conference: Creating Density to Make Transit Work, October 18, 2012 in Traverse City, MI GOVERNING Michigan Leadership Forum: Reinventing Michigan Cities, Sharing Perspectives and Livable Communities and Economic Development, June 6-7, 2012 in Lansing, MI Michigan Economic Development Association, Inside the Economic Development Toolbox Conference: Applying the Eds and Meds Strategy, May 24, 2012 in Lansing, MI Northern Michigan Placemaking Summit: Placemaking for Pedestrians, May 21, 2012 in Traverse City, MI Michigan Downtown Association: Complete Streets, April 20, 2012 in Lake Orion, MI Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Green Communities Challenge: Complete Streets, Oct. 28, 2011 Michigan Association of Planning, 2011 Annual Conference: Translating Talent into Triumph: Amplifying the Influence of Community Planners and The Silver Line: The First Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project in Michigan mobile tour, October 19-20, 2011 in Grand Rapids, MI Kettering Foundation, Public-Government Administrators Research Exchange, focused on the work of public administrators and the relationship with citizens in a democracy, October 3-4, 2011 in Dayton, OH Grand Rapids Bicycle Summit, Planning for Bicycle Facilities, May 6, 2011 University of Minnesota, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, guest lecturer sponsored by Dr. Kathryn S. Quick for Managing Civic Engagement and Integrative Leadership courses, April 5-6, 2011 ICLEI Webinar presenter: Sustainability in the Master Plan and Zoning Code, November 23, 2010 MSU Land Policy Institute, Michigan Land and Prosperity Summit, panelist, April 23, 2010 in Lansing, MI Corridor Media Group Environmental and Energy Leadership Symposium, The Business Case for Green Thinking in Grand Rapids, April 16, 2010 in Cedar Rapids, IA Yale University, Land Use Planning and Practice: Climate Change and Sustainability graduate course, guest lecturer sponsored by Dr. John R. Nolan, February 10, 2009 International Downtown Association, 2009 National Conference, Sustainable Downtown Planning, September 13, 2009 in Milwaukee, WI MSU 2009 Citizen Planner Advanced Academy Conference, Keynote Speaker, Sustainable Communities for the New Economy, June 25, 2009 in Lansing, MI American Planning Association National Conference, Sustainable City Planning, April 27, 2009 in Minneapolis, WI Grand Rapids Bicycle Summit, Bicycle Facility Planning in Grand Rapids, April 24, 2009 Rochester Regional Community Design Center, Reshaping Rochester “Sustainable Urbanism” lecture series, The New Green Cities: A Model for Municipal Stewardship, April 16, 2009 in Rochester, NY Michigan Municipal League Legislative Conference, Vibrant Communities in the 21st Century, March 4, 2009 in Lansing, MI
Work: Social Issues Research Consultant; Chair, Grand Rapids Urban Forestry Committee
Education: B.A. in Journalism, Michigan State University
Kathryn S. Quick
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
Work: Kathryn Quick is an Assistant Professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs of the University of Minnesota. She focuses her research, teaching, and service in the areas of stakeholder participation in addressing complex public problems, public and nonprofit management, and public leadership.
Education: PhD in Planning, Policy, and Design from the University of California, Irvine; MCP from the University of California, Berkeley; B.S. from Swarthmore College
Publications: Dr. Quick's dissertation, "Inclusive Public Leadership Practices: Green Stewardship and Neighborhood Planning in Grand Rapids,” analyzed public participation in planning efforts in Grand Rapids. She has also published several journal articles about Grand Rapids, including "Distinguishing Participation and Inclusion," which was recognized as the best paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research in 2011 by the Association of Colleges and Schools of Planning. Other articles regarding Grand Rapids have been published or are under review at the Journal of Planning Administration Research and Theory, Leadership Quarterly, and International Public Management Journal. Grand Rapids planning director Suzanne Schulz, Dr. Quick, and several co-authors recently published a theory-to-practice dialogue regarding the design of public participation processes in Public Administration Review.
Past Assignments: Dr. Quick is a regular guest speaker and consultant to Minnesota state agencies and nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities. She has recently presented research about Grand Rapids at the Association Colleges and Schools of Planning, Public Management Research Association, Tobias Leadership Institute, and International Leadership Association. She also studies facilitation and deliberation techniques, and has presented this work at the Center for Integrative Leadership's conference on Creating Public Value as well as the Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Associations, and Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
Friends of Grand Rapids Park
Work: Executive Director, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks