Cindy Wyrick Bledsoe Appointed to Placemaking Leadership Council, Distinguished Council of Thought Leaders to Develop Global Innovation Strategies for Placemaking

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The inaugural meeting of the global Placemaking Leadership Council will take place in downtown Detroit April 11-12. Thought leaders from varying professions will convene to develop and consolidate strategic plans for implementing Placemaking initiatives worldwide.

Placemaking gives us the power to shape our own quality of life and results in happier and healthier people, places and economies.

Cindy Wyrick Bledsoe, Principal of Baltimore's Blue Stage Group entertainment and management consulting company and EquiStage, its thoroughbred racing division, has been appointed to serve on the inaugural Placemaking Leadership Council in Detroit April 11 - 12, 2013. She is a native of N.C. and former Executive Director of the Greater Towson Committee, Inc. A longtime champion for Placemaking, Bledsoe, as a community and business leader, led planning and communications for two major urban community-based planning initiatives involving multi-use development and walkability that were conducted during former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith's administration. Bledsoe has lectured and written numerous articles on Placemaking, walkability and urbanism. "Placemaking gives us the power to shape our own quality of life and results in happier and healthier people, places and economies," Bledsoe stated. Her expertise in creating public multi-use destinations will be the focus of her work while serving on the council.

The purpose of the Placemaking Leadership Council is to build a culture of mutual support amongst do-ers and deep thinkers at the forefront of Placemaking. Outcome goals include identification and development of research topics, benchmarks, potential partners and implementation strategies that will drive progress and innovation within the global community of Placemaking practitioners and communities of citizens around the world.

Four primary areas of work have been identified and include:

1. Creating healthier communities and improving streets by redefining transportation planning
2. Improving the built environment by advocating for people- and place-centric design through an architecture of place
3. Supporting sustainable local economies by highlighting the central role of public markets
4. Strengthening communities by creating new urban development models that re-orient our cities and towns around great multi-use destinations.

The Placemaking Leadership Council is an effort of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization founded in 1975 and dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. PPS pioneered their Placemaking approach to help citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.

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