Economic Development in Our Urban Hubs
October 4 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN OUR URBAN HUBS
October 4th, on the campus of UConn Stamford, the economic development officials of Stamford, Norwalk, Yonkers, and New Rochelle will come together alongside developers with active projects in the region. This interactive panel discussion will cover panelists’ perspectives and development plans in light of the current economic, political and social trends shaping the appearance of their cities. Explore how the AEC industry can support their efforts — and more — as the panelists discuss their municipalities’ individual experiences while addressing the economic needs of the region as a whole.
Join us for this popular program to learn how your company fits in!
Walk-ins will incur an additional $10 fee per ticket.
Commissioner for Development – City of New Rochelle, NY
Mr. Aragon’s NYS Civil Service career spans 25 years and covers the City of New Rochelle, New York City, and upstate New York. Preceding his appointment as Commissioner for Development for the City of New Rochelle, Mr. Aragon served as Commissioner for Planning & Environmental Management for Sullivan County, NY and Deputy Commissioner for Preservation Services for NYC’s Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD).
His broad expertise includes community development, economic development and revitalization, housing, planning, transportation, environmental management, and the expansion of arts program as a building block for economic development.
Mr. Aragon has led the current renaissance in the City of New Rochelle, was the catalyst for the economic revitalization in Sullivan County and, while in NYC Government, was the creator of the “Fourth Street Arts Block” which solidified and preserved the cultural institutions in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Ellen Stuart from La Mama said it best when she wrote in 2006 to Mr. Aragon and said “Here we are out at sea. Thank you for helping to make it possible so that we can have a port to dock our dreams.”
Director of Economic Development – City of Stamford, CT
Mr. Madden was appointed Director of Economic Development for the City of Stamford, CT in June 2014. Previously, he held the position of Commissioner of the Department of Community Development and Conservation for the Town of Greenburgh, NY, worked for the Westchester County Planning Department, Maricopa County Department of Transportation, and several private consulting firms.
Thomas has been instrumental in the development of new environment standards including the adoption of Green Building code for new site development, revisions to the Energy Star code and a Smart Growth Development Study, focusing on mixed use development in Greenburgh, as part of the Town’s comprehensive plan update.
In his spare time, he enjoys coaching youth hockey. Mr. Madden is also a Director for the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research in NYC, raising more than 2 million dollars for cancer research.
Commissioner of Planning and Development – City of Yonkers, NY
Wilson Kimball currently serves as the Commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of Yonkers. She was appointed to this position by Mayor Mike Spano in January 2013. Prior to serving as Commissioner, Kimball held the position as Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Development.
As Commissioner, Kimball oversees a staff of 21 individuals comprising the Planning Bureau, Community Development Agency, Sustainability, Downtown Waterfront and Economic Development. Kimball leads negotiations of multi-million dollar property sales and coordinates development of public and private projects ranging from $3 million to $500 million.
Kimball graduated Dean’s List with departmental honors from Skidmore College and earned a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law where she was a Stein Scholar and recipient of the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award. Kimball graduated from Pace University Lubin School of Business, where she was a Michaelian Scholar, with a MBA in Finance.
Executive Director – Norwalk Redevelopment Agency – Norwalk, CT
Tim Sheehan is currently the Executive Director of the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency. He has held this position since 2002. During his tenure he has advanced in Norwalk an urban economic development policy that seeks to re-establish Norwalk’s urban corridor as the residential, commercial and entertainment center of the City.
The advancing development agenda seeks to promote mixed use, sustainable and transit related development projects that contextually compliment and economically enhance the City’s urban core. Under his guidance the Redevelopment Agency and City have approved the development of hundreds of new residential units, thousands of square feet of complimenting retail and commercial space as well as a new urban mall with Bloomingdales and Nordstrom as its anchor tenants. Additionally, Mr. Sheehan has spearheaded Transit Oriented Development in Norwalk with the intent of unlocking the development potential in the area immediately surrounding the South Norwalk Train Station. The Washington Village Development which replaces outdated public housing with new mixed income housing units and the Maritime Village housing development are the first projects advancing the Transit Oriented Development objectives.
Prior to becoming Executive Director of the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, Mr. Sheehan served in various public economic and community development positions in Massachusetts. Most recently Mr. Sheehan worked for Mass Development, the State’s economic development bank as Vice President of Real Estate and Development.