How can you create a more vibrant community?
Maryland’s diversity affords us as economic development professionals the opportunity to explore our State’s unique flourishing communities. This growth and diversity naturally causes us to wonder how these special spaces became so vibrant. Was it the planning, the industry investment, or the amenities available in the area? Our panel of experts will discuss the impact they have had on a particular town or city and will highlight how we as economic development professionals can improve and create vibrant places to live, work and play.
Jody Clark is Chief Operating Officer at Beatty Development Group where she oversees operations, asset management, leasing and development for the firm. Jody has an extensive background in both the landlord and tenant side of commercial real estate. Jody spent 20 years with The Rouse Company where she held senior executive positions in leasing, operations, acquisitions, dispositions and development. She later joined Legg Mason as the Director of Global Real Estate, reprogramming their entire global corporate real estate portfolio including the Legg Mason Tower in Harbor East. More recently, Jody worked with Hannon Armstrong, an energy finance company where she oversaw commercial origination efforts. Armed with an extensive background in multiple commercial property types, Jody brings a fresh approach to the BDG team. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and boating.
Sean Davis is a Principal with Morris & Ritchie Associates, Inc., a multi-disciplinary planning, architecture, civil engineering and landscape architectural company based in Maryland. Mr. Davis has spent 30 years assisting private sector land developers and home builders throughout the United States in planning, designing, and implementing a variety of development proposals – from small scale residential neighborhoods, to urban mixed use centers, to large scale master planned communities. A reflection of Sean’s success is the number of communities that he has seen from concept through complete implementation, providing valuable “lessons learned”, and his long standing client relationships that often span decades. Mr. Davis is currently the Chair of the Urban Land Institute Baltimore District Council, a member of a National Urban Land Institute Product Council that focuses on Community Development, a member of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission – Concentrated Growth Workgroup, and on the State and Baltimore City Chapter Boards for the Homebuilders Association of Maryland. Sean is a registered Landscape Architect in Maryland Delaware, and New Jersey and received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Texas Tech University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore Law School.
In July 2015 Colin Greene joined Streetsense, a strategy and design collective dedicated to creating memorable places, distinctive brands, and meaningful experiences, to help lead the Urban Design + Planning Group, bringing nearly 25 years of experience in sustainable development, smart growth, and traditional urbanism. In his role, Colin is helping to expand Streetsense’s comprehensive design and planning services to its diverse clientele, including international real estate, public sector, and hospitality clients. Colin‘s role at Streetsense is to design and plan mixed-use and multi-family projects. A former principal at HOK and leader of its DC Planning Studio, Colin provided design direction for urban design, and landscape architecture projects including the Kentlands Commercial District Master Plan, the Downtown Portsmouth Master Plan and Waterfront Strategy, the H Street NE Revitalization Plan, the Van Ness Vision Framework, and new communities for several private developers.
Marshall W. Snively is Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for the Lancaster City Alliance (LCA). Created as of July 1, 2013, LCA represents the consolidation of two non-profit organizations, the James Street Improvement District and the Lancaster Alliance, dedicated to community and economic development for Lancaster City. Together, this organization represents over 30 years of experience in building stronger neighborhoods and setting the stage for increased investment throughout the City. Marshall also serves as the Executive Director of the Lancaster Downtown Investment District, the City’s only business improvement district focusing on clean and safe services for the core Downtown area.
Marshall joined the James Street Improvement District (JSID) as Vice President in May of 2007 and in 2012 assumed the role of Interim President. His areas of focus included leading economic development initiatives for the District; coordinated marketing programs; and implementing a business retention, expansion and recruitment strategy for Downtown and Northwest Lancaster City.
The Vibrant Communities Panel is slated for Monday, May 2nd from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. If you are unable to attend the conference in its entirety, view our ” a la carte” registration options.