© 2019 by EMILY K GOODRUM.

Place Design And Engagement Services

I design and manage large, complex projects that combine multiple elements to achieve individualized goals for the communities I serve. Scroll down to see project examples and read a little more about my experience.

  • Public Art Administration

  • Community Engagement 

  • Special Events

  • Urban Design

  • Film and Media

  • Economic Development

  • Grant Management

  • Commercial Revitalization

  • Organizational Change

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to a burgeoning art culture in Garland, Texas through my position as Senior Planner, and as an independent Strategic Project Consultant with the City of Garland.

In the role of Senior Planner in the Office of Neighborhood Vitality, I created the pilot Neighborhood Enhancement Program with the support of Scott Bollinger, the Garland City Council, and community leaders and residents who participated in the program.

The program utilized physical revitalization projects to catalyze community engagement, enhance place identity, and most importantly, add meaning and beauty to people's lives. The program also included community engagement events and strategies to complement the physical projects and to foster a sense of community, educate, and provide novel experiences that would become lasting memories. 

Each project was unique and focused on specific goals of neighborhood residents. Examples include the first public art installations in the city, including one designed in concert with South Garland High School art students and local artist, Scott Shubin, Armstrong Park enhancements that contribute to health and well-being through encouraging physical activity and education about pollination through a small butterfly garden, and the creation of the Robert's Rest Stop, a small community garden and gathering space, a historical film about the City's first historically African American neighborhood developed during segregation, among many more.

In addition to my role as as manager of the Neighborhood Enhancement Program, I also managed the Neighborhood Vitality Matching Grant Program and led special events on behalf of the City. Prior to my work in the public sector, I worked in commercial real estate as a project manager for the retail sales group at JLL, and served as a graduate research assistant for the University of Texas at Austin.