Thursday, April 11
by Ryan Kilpatrick
6:45pm Social Gathering – 7:30pm Presentation Begins
Integrated Learning Center, South Haven High School
600 Elkenburg St
South Haven, MI 49090
Ryan Kilpatrick, now executive director at Housing Next of Grand Rapids, will speak on Affordable Housing: Obstacles and Solutions in Lake Shore Communities in the SHS Integrated Learning Center April 11.
He worked from 2009 to 2014 in Douglas before becoming a community assistance team member for the Michigan Economic Development Corp. covering Region 4, which includes Allegan and Ottawa counties.
Ryan Kilpatrick explored the many ways in which 50 years of federal, state, and local policy decisions have contributed to the shortage. He then focuses on a variety of local and regional solutions including such factors as transportation, community design, connectivity, and quality of life.
His presentation will be the first at the Integrated Learning Center in South Haven High School, 600 Elkenburg Street. The center is located on the east side of the building. Those unfamiliar with the high school should use the main entrance with the statue of the Ram in front
“The Series grew to an average of 170 attendees in 2018 with two programs exceeding 200” explains Series Chairman Mark Odland. “We simply outgrew the available space at Lake Michigan College. We are grateful to the staff there for hosting our events during the first four years of the Speaker Series programming.”
The talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a reception with the speaker at 6:45 in the school cafeteria.
“Lakeshore communities and South Haven in particular have a huge stake in defining and developing affordable housing” comments Odland. “We believe Kilpatrick’s presentation will have a special appeal to impacted residents, employees, public officials, real estate folks, and others in the business community affected by housing and transportation issues.”
Kilpatrick, a polished speaker, is responsible for day-to-day management and strategic direction of Ottawa Country Housing Next. The project focuses on housing, economic development, land use, and transportation policy. Bridging the private and public sector, he is responsible for streamlining the development process to build more resilient communities.
He draws on a rich background including Community Assistance Specialist with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Douglas. Throughout his career he has had impressive hands-on experience in a wide variety of planning issues and projects such as: transportation planning, sustainable land use, development rights and finance, preservation and green infrastructure, tax abatement programs, brownfield redevelopment, as well as community engagement and visioning processes.
Kilpatrick earned a Masters Degree in Design from Kendall College of Art and Design with an emphasis on social innovation and community development. Working with other professionals from a variety of fields he co-created a new program at Kendall that focuses on the design process for solving systemic problems with in-depth exploration of social enterprise, design-thinking and models of innovation.
The presentation “Affordable Housing” by Ryan Kilpatrick was well attended. Here’s some photos from the event.