alumni governors & past assistance

Spotlight on past workshops

Governor Chris Christie | New Jersey
State Strategic Planning for Sustainable Economic Development and Land Use

The GICD was invited by Governor Christie to assist with statewide strategic planning on economic development and land use. The two-day workshop, held in Trenton, New Jersey, was incorporated into the State Strategic Planning Process — the State’s effort to update the State Development and Redevelopment Plan. The Institute recommended Governor Christie create communities that are attractive to employers and employees to encourage economic development, align state government agencies with the State Plan, and direct investment to priority areas with existing infrastructure. The GICD team brought expertise on state agency coordination, local planning, and innovative redevelopment projects. The GICD’s final recommendation report was included as an addendum to the proposed final draft of the State Strategic Plan.


Governor Beverly Perdue | North Carolina
Sustainable Communities and Regional Planning

The GICD was invited by Governor Perdue to hold a two-day workshop in Raleigh, North Carolina to share expertise on state and regional planning, growth, and development strategies. The discussion also addressed how the State could further pursue policies that reflect the livability and sustainability principles adopted by the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The GICD expert team included former and current state- and county-level government officials, as well as consultants with expertise in planning, public policy, and governance. Following the workshop, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation establishing a Sustainable Communities Task Force to promote regional partnerships and sustainable planning. Throughout 2010, the GICD assisted the task force with their efforts and played a key role in the development of the Community Practices Assessment (CPA), a scorecard for local governments and regional bodies “to evaluate their current practices and identify opportunities for improvement in six areas of sustainable development.” The CPA was incorporated into the application process for a grant program administered by the task force. Nine applicants were awarded in April 2011.


Governor David Freudenthal | Wyoming
Building the Wyoming We Want

The GICD organized a workshop for Governor Freudenthal, which was used to launch a statewide discussion about the growth and development pressures the State was facing. Specific topics addressed included Western growth trends, water as a tool to control growth, offsetting infrastructure costs through impact fees, and how visioning processes can help states steer their future growth, specifically drawing on successes from Envision Utah. This workshop was unique, compared to other GICD assistances, in that it was a public forum. The GICD expert team included practitioners with experience working in the Western states. After the workshop, Governor Freudenthal created a statewide organization that led a public visioning process modeled after Envision Utah.


Governor Lincoln Chafee | Rhode Island
State Main Street & Corridor Initiative

The GICD assisted Governor Chafee and his administration with identifying best ways to develop a state main street and corridor initiative. The two-day workshop brought together approximately 70 state administrators and community leaders to discuss how the state initiative could most effectively assist the selected five distressed cities and corridors by focusing redevelopment and economic development efforts. As local leaders are a key element to the success of the main street initiative, the workshop included community representatives as part of the discussion. The GICD expert team included planning consultants and leaders from economic development authorities and Main Street programs.

alumni governors

      Gov. Neil Abercrombie (HI)
      Gov. Donald Carcieri (RI)
      Gov. Lincoln Chafee (RI)
      Gov. Chris Christie (NJ)
      Gov. Chet Culver (IA)
        Gov. Mark Dayton (MN)
      Gov. David Freudenthal (WY)
      Gov. Tim Kaine (VA)
      Gov. Jack Markell (DE)
      Gov. Ruth Ann Minner (DE)
      Gov. Janet Napolitano (AZ)
      Gov. Martin O’Malley (MD)
      Gov. Deval Patrick (MA)
      Gov. Bev Perdue (NC)
      Gov. Bill Richardson (NM)
      Gov. Bill Ritter (CO)
      Gov. Brian Schweitzer (MT)
    Gov. Peter Shumlin (VT)