One of the nation’s leading authorities on urban redevelopment, Christopher B. Leinberger, is scheduled to speak in Columbus next week.
Leinberger, a land use strategist and developer, is speaking to the combined annual meeting of Uptown Columbus Inc., and the Business Improvement District on March 5. He is currently a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.Leinberger will be in Columbus working as a consultant for the W.C. Bradley Co. next week.
Leinberger’s take on urban redevelopment should be of interest in Columbus, said Uptown Inc. and BID President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Bishop.
“He goes all over the country,” Bishop said. “One of the things he talks about is walkable communities, and I think that is what a lot of his message in Columbus will be about.”
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Leinberger is no stranger to Columbus. As managing director of Robert Charles Lesser & Co., Leinberger has consulted with the W.C. Bradley Co. in the past.
“He will be working with us on a longterm strategic plan for our downtown properties,” W.C. Bradley Real Estate Division President and Chief Operating Officer Mat Swift said.
Leinberger’s message should not just be of interest to people vested in downtown Columbus, Swift said.
“His message applies to uptown, midtown, South Columbus and Phenix City,” Swift said. “The whole concept of urban planning and what makes vibrant communities should be of use to a lot of people.”
Also, Uptown Inc. will give the second annual Rozier Dedwylder Leadership Award for contributions to downtown. This year, the award will go to TSYS.
“They invested $100 million in a downtown campus that sustained and maintained 2,500 jobs in the region,” Bishop said. “We are trying to revitalize downtown and workforce is critical to that.”
If you go
What: Uptown Columbus Inc. and Columbus Business Improvement District annual meeting.
When: Thursday, March 5, 11:30 a.m.
Where: Columbus Convention & Trade Center.
Cost: Tickets are being sold for $40 each or $350 per table.
For more information: Contact the Uptown Columbus Inc. office at (706)596-0111 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org