Detroit Program Director for Knight Foundation Joins Dr. Katherine Loflin on the Place Matters Radio Show

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Mr. Rishi Jaitly, one of Detroit's “40 under 40” winners, will join Dr. Katherin Loflin to discuss Detroit's renaissance on the Place Matters radio show Thursday October 13, 2011 at 11:00 EST.

Mr. Rishi Jaitly, one of Detroit's “40 under 40” winners, will join Dr. Katherin Loflin to discuss Detroit's renaissance on the Place Matters show Thursday October 13, 2011. Three years ago, as the big three automakers stumbled, Detroit hit bottom by almost every measure. Today, it is a city on the rebound and is showing how communities react “on the way up.” Dr. Loflin and Mr. Jaitly will discuss and disect placemaking strategies and opportunities being used by planners, foundations and elected leaders to turn around the city and discuss how it translating to early evidence of its upward trajectory.

About Rishi Jaitly:
Rishi S. Jaitly directs Knight’s investment of millions of grant making dollars annually in Detroit. Just this week, Mr. Jaitly was named one of Detroit's “40 under 40” by Crain's Detroit Business. The award recognizes “the best and brightest in Southeast Michigan who have made their marks in business before age 40.” Jaitly co-founded and led Michigan Corps, a social network of Michiganders committed to change in their home state. He continues to be the volunteer chairman of the board. He also was head of government affairs and public-private partnerships for Google in South Asia; he began his tenure with the company in Silicon Valley where he supported communications for Google’s CEO and led Google.org’s product partnerships with the United Nations.

About “Place Matters”:
Place Matters airs every Thursday at 11:00 AM (EST) on 880AM in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and online around the globe at http://www.880thebiz.com. Podcasts are available on iTunes. The show is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami, FL and Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC.

About Placemaking:
Placemaking is the science of creating communities that are not only considered liveable, but also loveable. Dr. Loflin serves as lead project consultant and national content expert on the Knight Soul of the Community survey, which for the first time investigated what attaches people to their community and the impact on the city’s bottom line in 2008-2010 across 26 U.S. communities in partnership with Gallup. The groundbreaking findings of the project have captured national attention and inspired local action.

About Dr. Katherine Loflin:
Dr. Loflin is the lead project consultant and national expert on the Knight Soul of the Community project across 26 communities over the past four years. Since the release of the study, Dr. Loflin has become an in-demand consultant, advising politicians, planners, foundations and community leaders who are trying to improve their communities, using this model of visioning cities first as places. Through this project, she has been quoted widely in the press including Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Winnipeg Free Press, Crain’s Detroit Business, Miami Herald and LA Times.

Contact Dr. Loflin at: katherine(dot)loflin(at)mac(dot)com, (305) 450-7195.

Link to listen live Thursdays at 11:00am:
http://den-a.plr.liquidcompass.net/player/flash/audio_player.php?id=WZABAM&uid=154

Dr. Katherine Loflin on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Dr.Katherine.Loflin

Follow Dr. Loflin on Twitter: @katherineloflin

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