Infinite Earth Radio – weekly conversations with leaders building smarter, more sustainable, and equitable communities
About This Show
Infinite Earth Radio is a weekly podcast produced by Skeo and the Local Government Commission and hosted by Mike Hancox and Vernice Miller-Travis. Each week they interview visionary leaders, dedicated government officials, savvy businesses and forward thinking individuals who are working to build smarter, more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous communities through social and economic inclusion that values the contribution of all citizens and seeks meaningful lives for everyone.
You will discover new leading edge strategies for lifting up and building great 21st century communities, along with cutting edge strategies for revitalizing under resourced communities and empowering excluded populations. Smart Growth, Prosperity and Sustainability are not possible without social, civic, and economic inclusion for people of all economic, social, and racial backgrounds.
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085: Reimagining Retail
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Topic: Reusing and Revitalizing Retail Spaces In This Episode: 02:57 Guest Michele Reeves is introduced. 04:03 Michele tells of the impact she’s seeing from the decline of retail. 06:52 Michele talks about what to do with vacant retail spaces and what some of the obstacles are. 10:48 Michele addresses huge parking lots. 13:32 Michele expresses her thoughts regarding retail space based on sales tax revenue rather than need, and market studies. 18:16 Michele speaks of strategies to make community corridors a destination. 21:56 Michele shares what local businesses can do to have a more dynamic experience that can compete or complement e-commerce offerings. 28:54 Michele states how people can get in touch with her. Co-host: Kate Meis joins the Infinite Earth Radio as the co-host for this episode. Kate Meis is the Executive Director of the Local Government Commission (LGC). Kate is a champion for local governments; a recognized leader in local climate change adaptation, mitigation and clean energy efforts; and an ardent coalition builder. She obtained a Masters of Science degree in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis, and has a Sociology Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sonoma. Guest and Organization: Michele E. Reeves is an urban strategist with significant private sector experience revitalizing districts. Her qualifications, derived from over 16 years of work in various facets of renewal, include facilitating public/private partnerships, marketing unknown or undesirable districts, pre-development consulting, siting manufacturing facilities, strategizing acquisitions and development with private sector investors, and creating retail leasing plans. Michele founded Civilis Consultants to assist mixed-use districts, small businesses, property owners, and public sector organizations to recognize and leverage their strengths, identify and accomplish economic development goals, and craft their unique stories to create compelling, multi-faceted brands. Michele has a bachelors degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Follow Michele on Twitter Take Away Quotes: “It’s kind of funny. Even that phrase ‘decline of retail’—I would call it sort of a ch
Rated 5 out of
Thought provoking, timely topics
With elections bearing down on us, it's easy to get discouraged about the future. This podcast reminds us that there are passionate people working at the local level to build strong communities. Smart urban planning, green energy, food resource management - not pipe dreams but workable plans for real cities.
Date published: 2016-02-26