COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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 and participation of Neighborhood Services Manager, Scott Bollinger, the Garland City Council, community leaders, and residents.

The program utilized physical revitalization projects to catalyze community engagement, enhance place identity, and add meaning and beauty to people's lives. The program included community engagement and special events programming to complement physical improvements by fostering a sense of community, educating on topics important to neighborhoods, and providing novel experiences that lead to lasting memories. 

Each project was unique and focused on goals important to neighborhood residents. Examples include the city's first public art installations, partnerships with local schools on public sculpture and events, park enhancements like outdoor fitness equipment, lighting, butterfly garden, a small community garden, neighborhood entry signage, a film about the City's first historically African American neighborhood developed during segregation, among others.

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. The insights gained from working in both the public and commercial sides of community development provide a unique perspective that allows me to take into account a diverse set of needs and goals when designing and leading projects that foster successful outcomes for all stakeholders. 

© 2019 by EMILY K GOODRUM.