Meet the 2016 Summit keynote speaker

PPS LogoThe keynote speaker for the 2016 River Summit will be Ethan Kent, Senior Vice President of Project for Public Spaces (PPS). Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Their pioneering placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs. Project for Public Spaces has advised communities on more than 3000 projects across the world and in all 50 U.S. States.

About Ethan Kent

In his nearly 20 years of work at PPS, Ethan has worked in more than 750 cities in 55 countries around the world, providing comprehensive public engagement, planning and visioning for many important public spaces. Ethan has helped integrate economic development, environmentalism, transportation planning, governance, resilience, equity, and design into the projects that he and PPS have worked on. Highlights of his career include the redesign of Times Square in New York City and other major public plazas, teaching and training professionals across the world, and the NYC Streets Renaissance Campaign, which aimed to rethink auto-centric transportation policy in dense urban areas. Ethan obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and completed his graduate studies at Antioch University Seattle’s Center for Creative Change in Environment and Community.

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