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Urban Design Author Jeff Speck to Visit Kokomo in May


The Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance and Indiana University Kokomo have announced that Jeff Speck, smart growth advocate and author of best-selling planning and design book Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, will visit Kokomo for a 2-day workshop and public presentation May 23 through 24. During his visit, residents will have the opportunity to learn more about walkability initiatives and how communities can leverage these investments.

Speck will begin his visit on Monday, May 23 with a tour of downtown Kokomo accompanied by city and county leaders and downtown patrons, followed by a public reception at IU Kokomo’s Upper Alumni Hall from 5:30 to 6:15. Attendees are invited to view Speck’s presentation in Kresge Auditorium from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and take part in a question and answer session at its conclusion. To cap off his visit, Speck will hold a small group workshop for city planning participants at IU Kokomo on Tuesday, May 24.

“As we continue to revitalize our beautiful downtown district, we’ve dedicated much of our efforts and resources to put into practice many of the design principles that Mr. Speck advocates for in his work,” explains Alliance President and CEO Charlie Sparks. “Having a world-renowned urban design expert share his insight first-hand is an incredible opportunity for us, and I hope that our residents will attend his presentation to better understand the many environmental, financial, and health benefits that a walkable city can create.”

Speck, a city planner and urban designer by trade, advocates for smart design and sustainable growth initiatives in cities around the world. He has served in a variety of urban planning and design roles in his career, including a position on the Sustainability Task Force of the US Department of Homeland Security, as well as his current role as a contributing editor of architectural design magazine Metropolis. His most recent work, Walkable City, was the best-selling planning and design title of 2013.

Residents can find copies of Walkable City available for check-out at Kokomo-Howard County Public Library locations or online at For more information about Jeff Speck’s works, please visit

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