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2012 Speaker Series - January 25


Leveraging Transit Assets for Local Economic Development 

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Date/Time: January 25, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.–12:00 noon
Location: Media Room, 1 st Floor, County Administration Building (CAB), 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772;
CM: 1.5 hours (approval pending)
Speaker/Instructor: David Fields, AICP and Karina Ricks | Nelson/Nygaard
Speaker/Instructor’s Biography:

David Fields, AICP, is Principal-In-Charge of Nelson\Nygaard’s New York office. David has more than 15 years of transportation planning experience as both a consultant and public sector employee. David is noted nationally for his expertise and leadership as a progressive transportation thinker and has helped communities across the country plan and rethink their existing transportation assets to leverage them for economic development, competitive, livable communities, and exceptional environmental performance. He emphasizes transportation as a supportive system to achieve larger local objectives for strong communities, resilient systems, and a sustainable foundation for future growth. He specializes in transit feasibility, transportation demand management, parking management, and multimodal system planning. David is the Chairman of the American Planning Association New York Metro Chapter’s Transportation Committee and resides in New York City.

Karina Ricks is the newest Principal in Nelson\Nygaard bringing the resources of the firm to the Washington Region. Karina is a creative and candid planner and policy leader with 20 years experience in the public and non-profit sectors at the city, state, and national levels. Most recently, Karina served as Associate Director of Transportation Policy and Planning for the City of Washington DC where she planned and oversaw the implementation of some of the most transformative projects in the city's recent history including the introduction of bike share to the region, the construction of the city's first modern streetcar line, the rejuvenation of the Anacostia Waterfront, and the revitalization of multiple "Great Street" corridors. Karina's expertise is in planning and programming transportation investments to achieve larger community objectives for sustainable futures. Her experience crosses multiple sectors from national environmental policy to local economic development, land use zoning to transportation systems planning and finance. Karina has been a leader in smart growth and sustainable transportation advising communities in multiple areas around the country and internationally. She prides herself in creating holistic policies and balanced, implementable, realistic, and affordable solutions for cities and communities.