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At the October 7, 2021 Board of Governors meeting, LAI International President, Sheila D. Harris, PhD recognized Karen Sieracki, PhD, with the International President Award for her contributions to LAI including being the first woman to serve as International President. 

One of the founding members and former president of the LAI Boston chapter has been voted into the Presidency of LAI and will serve in that office for two years. 

The LAI Board of Trustees enthusiastically elected Gary October 7. 

Building on a successful pilot program that helped about a dozen Sarasota County communities bolster (and beautify) their stormwater retention ponds, Solutions to Avoid Red Tide (START) secured a $250,000 grant from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation to develop a regional “Healthy Pond Collaborative” initiative. Lai At-Large member Sandy Gilbert is START Chairman of the Board.

Two LAI at-large members join forces in Sarasota, FL to rewild Nathan Benderson Park (NBP) in a series of projects. Suncoast Aquatic and Nature Center CEO & President Tomas Herrera-Mishler (formerly with the San Diego Chapter) and Elemental Impact Founder & CEO Holly Elmore (formerly with the Atlanta Chapter) are committed to soil-health restoration at NBP via projects that sequester carbon, create local-food security, and reestablish insect and wildlife populations.

Affordable housing with appealing architectural features that doesn’t look so affordable? 

That’s the work of Enterprise Community Development and Brian McLaughlin, former LAI Baltimore board member.  Affordable housing is top of mind these days and Joe Nathanson, Baltimore Chapter, former International Scribe had a chance to learn how ECD is making a difference.   

A partial draft of the 2023-2027 Strategic Plan is in place and ready for additional input from LAI members. 

We would love to hear your thoughts. What do you like about the drafted sections? What do you not like? What needs improvement?  What are we missing?

THIS NOTICE is to solicit expressions of interest or candidate recommendations from all active members of LAI.

Click below for more information.  Please respond by May 28, 2021.

Greeting LAI Members: We are beginning a two-year process of updating our strategic plan for the 2023-2027 time period. This document provides the basis of our activities and programs for LAI.

Now I’m inviting you to participate in creating a working vision for the coming years.

Photograph of Sheila Harris courtesy of Allegra Harris Fullerton.

Rewilding urban landscapes is a simple, inexpensive solution available to individuals, governments, educational institutions, and the business community to facilitate carbon drawdown and lower carbon footprints. Rewilding urban landscapes may avert the diminishing food- and oxygen-supply crisis.

Yes, that AREA 51 - the highly classified US Air Force facility, and frequent subject of UFO folklore.

San Diego Chapter member Nathan Moeder and his firm was retained to conduct market research and financial analysis on a 400 acre parcel of land with a view of AREA 51. You know you want to learn more.

Photo Attribution:  Photo courtesy of Nathan Moeder

Reportedly, California accounts for half of the nation’s undersupply of housing.  Alan Nevin, LAI Fellow and former International Scribe, has twelve ideas on how to produce market-rate housing at a rational price.

Attribution: Photo by Daniel Guerra on Unsplash

A team of professors and graduate students at Rutgers University – Newark gathered residential permit and residential building sales for a nearly a 150 year epoch – an unprecedented effort supported in part by a research grant from the Land Economics Foundation (LEF).

You are invited to participate in the planning of LAI's future!  The 2023-28 LAI Strategic Plan is currently being reviewed and revised and we need your input.  Please consider participating on one of our Strategic Plan Teams.  Team meetings will be held on an as needed basis.

THIS NOTICE is to solicit expressions of interest or candidate recommendations from all active members of LAI.

Click below for more information.  Please respond by Jan. 15, 2021.

Will workers return to their offices? If so, how soon?  

Eighty LAI members from around the world offered their informed opinions during our October 30th Global Webinar.  

In a recent survey of LAI Members across the globe we received an excellent response and strong support for more webinar sessions on cross-chapter topics.

A multi-university team led by Dr. Justin Hollander, PhD, FAICP, Tufts University, and supported by a grant from LEF, has undertaken the first research on the impact of social media and the use of “bots” on land use decisions. 

On June 16, 2020, John Ahmann, President & CEO, Westside Future Fund presented on the work Westside Future Fund has done to help encourage workforce-housing development in the Westside. From zoning law changes to direct funding and everything in between Westside Future Fund has spearheaded the redevelopment of Atlanta’s Westside neighborhoods.

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