Northeast Collaborative, Ben Jacobsen (photo)

Overcoming the Obstacles that Face Economically-Challenged Downtown Mixed-Use Projects

Tuesday February 26, 2019

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Location: 1 Capitol Hill, Providence (DOA), Conference Room 2B

The economic and community impacts of downtown mixed-use projects can be transformative and create lasting change. This session will explore which metrics to measure and how to show the value of a project.  Attendees will learn unique strategies to leverage that value into community support and funding sources, and also about potential barriers and ways to overcome them. 

Speaker: Robert Stevens, P.E., is the founder and president of Stevens & Associates, P.C. and principal for M&S Development. Bob has over 25 years of experience as a professional engineer designing projects, as well as, planning, urban design, public bond campaigns and project finance & development.  S&A is a verified Veteran-Owned Small Business (VSOB) with the Department of Veterans Affairs located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont offering Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Civil and Structural Engineering services.

As a principal for M&S Development, Bob directs a team of professionals to organize and guide business leaders, institutions, and people to redevelop and revitalize main streets & downtowns.  His knowledge of new markets tax credits, historical tax credits, grants, equity and debt enable him to identify project needs and develop sound solutions.  Bob is an accredited professional in both Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Congress for New Urbanism (CNU).  He’s well-versed in sustainable design, traditional design and historic preservation, and has presented at numerous conferences including Traditional Building, Vermont Development Conference and Historic preservation conferences.  Bob’s work and community support has been recognized with numerous awards including the Vermont Downtown Volunteer of the Year and the Southern Vermont Leadership Award for Economic Excellence.

This program is part of the 2019 Statewide Planning Speaker Series organized by the Rhode Island Department of Administration. 

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