Speakers at Build Maine 2017
Donald Shoup is the nations leading innovator in the realm of municipal parking management. In his book, The High Cost of Free Parking, Shoup recommends that cities and towns should charge fair market prices for on-street parking, use the meter revenue to finance public services in the metered neighborhoods, and remove off-street parking requirements. A Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA, his research has focused on how parking policies affect cities, the economy, and the environment. Donald Shoup’s logical and market-based approach to parking has garnered such widespread support that he has amassed a cult following of “shoupistas”, with an active facebook page dedicated to the discussion of parking.
Eric graduated from the Tulane School of Architecture in New Orleans, a city that he enjoys returning to, especially to help in these post-Katrina years. With a passion for tackling challenging redevelopment projects in Atlanta, New Orleans and throughout the Southeast, Eric especially cherishes the opportunity to work with redevelopment challenges that this part of the country affords. He is also a senior faculty member of the Incremental Development Alliance, helping to train architects, builders, and concerned citizens how to enter into the world of smaller scale development.
Tanya Emery is the Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Bangor, where she oversees economic and community development, code enforcement, and planning activities for the City. She is a native of Hampden, and attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Since coming back to Maine, she has served on many boards and committees including being a founding member and past Chair of Fusion Bangor, and recently completed a term as an elected member of the RSU #22 School Board.
Chester “Rick” Chellman, PE, LLS, CNU
Chester “Rick” Chellman is owner of TND Engineering, with more than thirty years’ experience in civil engineering, engineering consulting, traffic engineering, land surveying, land use regulations, and development planning. He currently also works as the Director of Design with Smart Growth America. Rick also has worked and written extensively on the engineering and traffic engineering aspects of traditional neighborhood development and new urbanism, throughout the US and abroad. He has a particular focus on understanding the implications of urban street design on traffic flow and management. Rick also has extensive experience working through the charrette process to build consensus around new transportation approaches.
Angus Jennnings, AICP
Through his 17 year career, Angus Jennings, AICP has been recognized as an innovator in municipal planning, zoning, finance, and public process management. He is the Town Manager in Hampden, recently named the top community in Maine to raise a family. He has worked for municipal, state and federal agencies and has served public, private sector and institutional clients. Angus has successfully enacted new, transformative policies in infrastructure finance and smart growth zoning. Several of his Massachusetts projects, including Assembly Row and the Winn Casino, have received statewide planning awards. Consensus building has been a hallmark of his work.
Scott Doyon tells stories that help connect people. To the idea of place. To productive, collaborative participation. To opportunities that build community ties and inform successful implementation. In his work with cities, he helps navigate the politics of public engagement with communications strategies rooted in context. Leveraging his ten years with global branding powerhouse J Walter Thompson and 15 years since with the planning and community development collective, PlaceMakers, he delivers clarity of both purpose and value to the myriad endeavors that bring us together.
Ann Sussman, AIA
Ann Sussman, AIA, an architect and researcher, co-authored the book, Cognitive Architecture, Designing for How We respond to the Built Environment (2015) which won the 2016 Place Research Award from the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). A frequent speaker, she has given more than 40 lectures at regional conferences and universities, including in 2017 keynote addresses at regional architecture events in Houston, Cincinnati and Nashville. Her first pilot-study eye-tracking buildings in Boston became the cover story for the American Planning Association's Planning Magazine in 2016. Currently, she is finishing a biometric pilot-study of buildings for the City of New York with Professor Justin Hollander at Tufts. Her studio is at ArtScape, in the Bradford Mill, an art and entrepreneurial enclave in West Concord, MA.
Stephen Edwards is a Transportation Planning and Design Engineer with the City of Memphis Division of Engineering. In this role, he serves as the Complete Streets Program Manager, Traffic Calming Program Manager, Project Manager on various capital improvement projects and planning activities, NACTO City Representative, and a liaison to the Memphis Urban Area MPO. Stephen is an active member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, participating on the Tennessee Section Strategic Planning Committee and the Southern District Leadership Development Team. Stephen received his BSCE and MSCE, in Civil Engineering, from the University of Memphis, and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor for his alma mater.
Patrick Kennedy is an urban planner who works in the Bicycle and Greenway Program of the New York City Department of Transportation. Using an assortment of temporary materials (and a dash of concrete), he has overseen complete street redesigns on Manhattan corridors such as Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side, 1st Avenue in Midtown, and Chrystie St in lower Manhattan, transforming car-oriented corridors into walkable, bikeable streets designed to a neighborhood scale. Working in the complex urban environment of New York has provided Patrick with invaluable experience when it comes to the design and implementation of innovative roadway treatments.
Chris Thompson of Thompsons Point Development Company has developed several hotel and mixed-use projects in New England, including Thompsons Point in Portland and a 93-room Hampton Inn in Lewiston. Thompson is an associate professor at the Maine College of Art.