As part of its ongoing community involvement efforts, Plan-it Allen! welcomes John Norquist to
The event will be held in the Walb Student Union Ballroom on the campus of IPFW. The evening begins with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by Norquist's highly-visual presentation at 6 p.m. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Parking is also free in a parking garage adjacent to Walb Union.
Norquist is widely-recognized across the country for his presentations on community design and development. He is currently the President of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a national organization working to create buildings, neighborhoods and regions that provide a high quality of life for all residents, while protecting the natural environment and preserving our built legacy.
Norquist served as Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from 1988-2003. Under his leadership,
In the vanguard of national discussions on urban design and educational issues, Norquist is the author of “The Wealth of Cities,” and has taught courses in urban policy and urban planning at the
“John Norquist has hands-on expertise in putting new development concepts to work in his own community,” stated Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard. “Drawing from his years in public service and observations from around the world, Norquist makes the case for the enduring value of the urban form and the community's power to create healthy, livable environments that last. This is a rare opportunity for
“John Norquist is a very engaging and informative expert who speaks eloquently about the importance of planning ' and of the perils of failing to plan adequately,” said Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters. “In a very short amount of time, he is able to vividly bring to life many of the reasons why the Plan-it Allen! process is so important to our future. Innovative ideas such as his will make our countywide comprehensive plan better and, ultimately, more meaningful to the community."
Plan-it Allen! is the citizen-powered initiative to develop a new comprehensive land-use and development plan for
For additional information about the John Norquist event or the project, explore the Plan-it Allen! website at www.planyourcommunity.org or contact Jane Yoh at 427-2175.