Across the nation, high quality urban trails have been created and ultimately invited significant urban revitalization. How can we acknowledge and unlock this potential in Utah as we develop great urban trails? This session will explore national case studies of developers enhancing active transportation infrastructure and in-turn maximizing real-estate benefits and revitalizing communities. National speakers from New Jersey and Indiana will join our local experts.
Matt Norris, Senior Associate, Urban Land Institute
Matthew Norris, Senior Associate for Content at the Urban Land Institute, supports the Building Healthy Places Initiative and works on projects linking health, sustainability and development. He previously worked at the Tri-State Transportation Campaign where he focused on improving access to safe, reliable and equitable modes of transportation throughout southern New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area. Matt earned his Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2010.
Nora Shepard, Planning Director, Salt Lake City
Nora is the Planning Director for Salt Lake City. Nora previously spent 15 years as a planner with Park City Municipal Corporation in Utah, including five years as Planning Director. She served two terms as Chapter President for the American Planning Association Utah Chapter and four years at the Region V Director on the APA Board of Directors. Ms. Shepard has had a diverse career that includes being a Transportation Planner for Monmouth County New Jersey, Community Development Director for Summit County Utah, a senior associate with Bear West, and work with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Nora’s degree is in Natural Resource Planning from Humboldt State University. She received the Planner of the Year award from Western Planning Resources in 1994 and was awarded the 2006 Professional Citizen of the Year by the Park City Rotary Club.
Alexander Grgurich, Development Analyst, Nelson Construction and Development
Alexander Grgurich is the Development Analyst at Nelson Construction & Development in Des Moines, Iowa. His role focuses on understanding market demands and trends to concept new projects in the apartment, restaurant, retail, hotel, and office sectors. Further, he assesses financial feasibility, develops the project brand and identity, and sees the idea through to successful execution. Having been elected to City Council while still an undergraduate student, Alexander learned at a young age why community involvement is instrumental to a thriving city. Aside from his real estate investments, Alexander is a certified espresso competition judge, avid NBA fan, and organizer of TEDxDesMoines events.