Planning for Tomorrow, Today

We don’t know what the future will hold, but we do know some of the challenges we will face. Plans to face those challenges need to happen now and will be explored in this session.

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Moderator: Kevin Mills, Vice President of Policy, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

About the Panel

  • Chris Hermann is a principal with MKSK and a certified city planner with more than 28 years of planning experience. Chris has managed a wide variety of projects throughout the Midwest, Midsouth, and Ohio involving regional planning policy, comprehensive plans, downtown and focus area plans, community improvement, economic development, transportation planning, and public engagement and facilitation. Chris has led MKSK project teams for several award-winning transportation, street connectivity, and complete street improvement plans including the I-670 Design Enhancement Study, the Bike New Albany Plan, and the nationally-recognized Long Street Bridge and Cultural Wall. Chris is also an adjunct faculty member of the Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture, a board member of Transit Columbus, and a member of the ULI Transportation Task Force.
  • Jeff Kupko is an Associate with Michael Baker International with 14 years of experience. He is in Michael Baker’s emerging technology practice and leads the smart communities initiatives. Currently, he sits on site at Smart Columbus as a City project manager and is responsible for leading the AV shuttle and Smart Mobility Hubs projects. He has a bachelors and masters of civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, is a licensed PE in four states, and a licensed PTOE.
  • Steven Streit is the mayor of Lockport, Illinois, a historic canal town of 25,000 residents along the Des Plains River. Streit was a machinist in the U.S. Navy, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and, for the last twenty years, has run his marketing and design firm, oh!Design, Inc.Before running for mayor, Streit volunteered on many of Lockport’s community organizations. Finally being fed up with a dysfunctional city council, he ran for office in 2013. Streit is now mid-way through his second term.