Mr. Speck is a city planner and architectural designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl. Prior to joining the Endowment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Co., a leading practitioner of the New Urbanism, where he led or managed
"I'm very excited to welcome this internationally acclaimed author to New Albany," stated Mayor Gahan. "This is the perfect timing for Mr. Speck to visit as we evaluate our downtown street grid."
Joe LaRocca, Executive Director at the Floyd County YMCA branch said that, "Having personally read Mr. Speck's Walkable City, I think that this public education session will be a great opportunity to look at and learn how we can improve New Albany's walkability and bikeability,"
"We are very pleased that we were able to partner with Mayor Gahan to bring Mr. Speck to New
Albany," stated Stefanie Griffith, President of Develop New Albany.
For more information on Jeff Speck, visit his website at www.jeffspeck.com