Beyond Boundaries: A Regional Planning Symposium

Innovative ideas often flounder because municipal governments are unable to work together. This symposium brings three planning practitioners to Cornell to discuss their firsthand accounts of planning at the regional level. Kate Allen, Bob Dean, and Mark Castiglione have pushed for regional initiatives in the areas of affordable housing, land use, open space, and long-range metropolitan planning. They will discuss the processes they use that work towards regional outcomes as well how to crafted equitable solutions that go beyond municipal boundaries. This day-long symposium opens with a short lecture by each of the speakers followed by a moderated discussion and reception. Additionally, an informal dinner will be held at the Miller-Heller House.

Schedule of Events

12:20–3 p.m., lectures and discussion

  • 12:20–12:30 p.m., opening remarks
  • 12:30–1 p.m., Kate Allen
  • 1:05–1:35 p.m., Mark Castiglione
  • 1:35–1:50 p.m., intermission (refreshments will be served)
  • 1:50–2:20 p.m., Bob Dean
  • 2:25–3 p.m., moderated discussion panel

3:30–5:30 p.m., reception

6–8 p.m., informal dinner at the Miller-Heller House

Speaker Information

Kate Allen, who is the manager of Portland’s City Housing Policy, managed the initial stages of consolidation of the city’s housing policy and delivery functions into the new Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) and now works at PHB on policy projects such as the bureau’s equity agenda and the HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative. Allen, who learned the basics of finance and real estate through her work in the banking industry, made the leap to the public sector when she joined the Portland Development Commission (PDC) in 1990. At PDC Allen worked on the Downtown Housing Preservation Partnership, which oversaw the redevelopment of skid-row housing into single room occupancy units operated by community-based housing and service providers. In 1994, Allen and some colleagues left PDC and formed Housing Partners, Inc., to meet a need for affordable housing development consulting that existed statewide. In 2003, Allen joined Enterprise Community Partners, a national nonprofit dedicated to assuring that all Americans have access to healthy and affordable housing and an opportunity to move up and out of poverty. As Enterprise’s director for Oregon and southwest Washington, Allen led efforts to develop and promote local, regional, and state policy that advanced these goals, and championed the inclusion of affordable housing in the region’s conversations about green building and sustainability, as an issue of health and housing-cost equity for low-income residents.

Bob Dean (M.R.P. ’00) is the principal regional planner for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. His primary role is the project manager for the GO TO 2040 plan. He previously worked as a transportation and land use planner for suburban municipalities in the Chicago region, including the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference and the City of Naperville. He also has worked in regional planning in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Dean has 10 years of experience in land use and transportation planning.

Before assuming the role of acting executive director, Mark Castiglione served as a senior planner for the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area for three years. Castiglione works with elected officials, state agencies, non-profit organizations, the business community, and private citizens to advance the idea that for that region to be successful, everyone needed to work together to protect and promote our natural and cultural resources. With the Greenway’s regional planning, trail development, and tourism promotion goals, Castiglione has had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects in both urban and rural communities.