Placemaking: Tips to Get a Developer's Attention

What is it that allows a community to turn a rundown Main Street into a thriving shopping and dining district? Or an old industrial complex into a thriving arts and entertainment center? It isn’t luck that drives these types of successes. It’s placemaking – a hot topic for many communities.

Whether you are seeking new greenfield development, redevelopment, or urban renewal, it’s important to know what’s involved in the process and how can your jurisdiction can reach its goals.

In this webinar with Buxton and EQA Landmark Communities, a Pittsburgh-based development team focused on creating environmentally conscious, high-quality, affordable mixed use developments, we will explore questions such as the following:

  • What is "place making" and how can cities foster inviting spaces? 
  • What are the latest trends in mixed use development? 
  • What are the challenges and benefits of redevelopment – including brownfield redevelopment?
  • How can local governments effectively partner with developers to achieve common goals? 

Cody Howell

Senior Vice President, Buxton

In his role as senior vice president, Cody leads Buxton’s account management team for all industries as well as the city government consulting division. He helps to build and maintain the partnerships with retail, restaurant, healthcare and city government clients ensuring they receive the guidance necessary to get the most from their custom analytics solutions. Cody also advises municipalities on retail economic development and planning initiatives, helping to shape growth strategies for client municipalities nationwide. Cody joined Buxton in 2011 as an account executive, working with numerous retail and restaurant clients. After much success in that role, he was promoted to vice president of the CommunityID division at Buxton. Prior to joining Buxton, Cody held leadership positions with Home Depot.

Brett A. Mallky

President & Founder, EQA Landmark Communities

Prior to founding EQA, Brett created his own consulting firm. Among his clients was IBACOS (Integrated Building & Construction Solutions), one of the world’s leading Research & Development firms in the homebuilding industry. IBACOS was founded by General Electric, Carrier, Kohler, USG, Molex and the U.S. Department of Energy to bring innovation to the building industry. Brett eventually joined IBACOS as a full-time employee, and they later became a founder and investor in EQA. While at IBACOS, he led their manufacturer and builder programs and development of a Pilot Community program to showcase the best new ideas in housing on a community scale. In 1998, Brett, along with several partners and investors, founded EQA Landmark Communities with a simple goal to help create the best new communities in the nation. EQA’s core beliefs are that community is mixed use, sustainable and that among the responsibilities of the developer is to reemerge the history and strengths of a place. Armed with passion and drive, EQA began consulting for large developers on some of the best new communities in the nation (Playa Vista in Los Angeles and Civano in Tuscon) followed by supporting and minority partnership roles in other great communities (Summerset at Frick Park in Pittsburgh, Noisette in South Carolina and Venango Trails in Pittsburgh).


Open to view video.
Open to view video. 90 minutes
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available