April 28, 2016
National Planning Practice Lead Recently Recognized for Contributions to the Field
Susan Harden, senior vice president and national planning practice lead for Michael Baker International, received recognition from the American Planning Association (APA) at its national conference on April 5, 2016. APA presented Harden with the Outstanding Site Visitor for 2015, making her one of only two individuals to receive the honor this year.
The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) recognized one educator and one practitioner for their outstanding contributions to the PAB’s mission of ensuring the high quality of planning education.
Harden has been a part of the program for several years and has a broad background in community development and planning. She has 17 years of experience with a particular focus on community-based planning processes and on developing innovative public participation programs for a myriad of project types, including downtown and neighborhood revitalization, comprehensive planning, mobility plans and urban design projects.
Harden serves as an instructor for the NeighborWorks® Training Institute, where she teaches several revitalization courses to community development professionals from around the country. She serves on the Social Equity Technical Advisory Committee for the development of International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) STAR Community Index, a community-wide sustainability rating system. She also serves on the advisory board of Jamboree Housing, a nonprofit housing development company. Harden speaks nationally regarding community visioning, main street management, downtown revitalization and community outreach.
Michael Baker’s expertise in community planning includes a full continuum of innovative solutions for outreach, planning, urban design, environmental clearance, and entitlement processing. The company’s experts maintain an intense focus on quality of life, social and economic health, livability and sustainability when developing comprehensive community plans for a region’s future.