The Fall 2014 UEP Colloquium series has officially begun! The Student Planning Association brought together four of the area’s UEP alumni working within local government planning offices:
Brian Szekely (2013) discussed his experiences in Winchester and Swampscott, MA, stressing the importance of land use planning and surveying public opinion.
Kristen Kassner (2007) has spent several years working in a range of capacities for the planning office in Burlington, MA . She emphasized the need for more recognition and representation of planning in government.
Alison LeFlore (2012) highlighted the need in Chelmsford, MA for communication with both residents and civil engineers, each with their own sets of jargon and needs.
Brad Rawson (2007) discussed his career in Somerville, MA and Burlington, VT. For him, success has come through achieving a balance between short- and long-term goals.
A question and answer session followed, giving current UEP students an idea of what to expect in the realm of local government planning. Come to the next presentation on Wednesday, October 1, from 12-1:15pm, at Sophia Gordon Hall for a talk on food policy.