Nicole Blumner '00: Planning for the Unplanned

Seminar on International Planning

Planning for the Unplanned: Interim Land Use in Germany and the U.S.

Nicole Blumner (M.R.P. ’00) works as a finance manager at McCormack Baron Salazar, a national, for-profit developer of mixed-income communities that is based in St. Louis. Her experience includes underwriting and closing financing for $42 million of the company’s rental housing developments in Pittsburgh and Memphis, totaling 250 units. Her work also includes structuring and closing the financing of $25 million of commercial, educational/community, and mixed-use New Markets Tax Credit development projects. Blumner was part of a team that competed successfully to win two consecutive New Markets awards totaling $110 million in allocation. Blumner was a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow from 2005–2006 and worked at the German Institute for Urban Affairs (DIFU) in fall 2005. At the DIFU, she studied revitalization strategies undertaken by “shrinking cities” in the former East Germany with a focus on interim uses of vacant land and buildings. As a project manager at Forest City Ratner Companies in New York, Blumner was part of a team that developed a new $670 million municipal courthouse in Brooklyn. She later helped win a $52 million allocation of New Markets Tax Credits as a project manager at the St. Louis Development Corporation and raised over $7 million in acquisition funds for the creation of a new business and industrial park in north St. Louis. She holds a bachelor in architecture from Yale University and in 2000 earned a joint master of business administration and master of regional planning with a focus in community economic development from Cornell.


Cosponsored by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.