River District Public Event: April 26, 2018

The River District Project:  Destination Downtown Elkhart II

Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT)

The River District Implementation Team (RDIT) invites you to a public event on Thursday, April 26th, 5:00-6:30PM at The Lerner Theater, 410 S Main St, Elkhart, IN 46516.

Learn more about the River District project's final plan which is focused on making Downtown Elkhart an urban destination.

This walkable, residential community will compliment Main Street offerings by creating up to 1,000 rented units (apartments and town homes) and mixed use spaces that we've found urban dwellers are ready for.   

The River District Implementation Team along with urban planners, Jeff Speck and Casey Steinbacher will present the following agenda. 



  • Why the River District: The River District (RD) vision and how we got here by RDIT
  • Case Study: Durham, North Carolina by Casey Steinbacher
  • River District Plan: Project specifics, drawings and master design progress by Jeff Speck
  • River District Next Steps: Planning process and timeline update

Popcorn and non-alcohlic drinks will be available. 

The public is welcome.

Click here to read press release


Speaker Bios

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Jeff Speck AICP, CNU-A, LEED-AP, Honorary ASLA is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he presided over the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Speck spent ten years as Director of Town Planning at DPZ & Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Since 2007, he has led Speck & Associates, a boutique planning firm that specializes in making American downtowns thrive.

With Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Mr. Speck is the co-author of The Smart-Growth Manual and the “modern classic” Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls "the urbanist's bible.” His latest book, Walkable City–which the Christian Science Monitor calls “timely and important, a delightful, insightful, irreverent work” –was the best selling city-planning book of 2013-16.

>>Learn more www.jeffspeck.com


Casey Steinbacher, Founder of Casey’s Company, is widely recognized as a national expert in urban innovation strategies or as she likes to say…”Teaching the World Why Coolness Matters”….Her company identifies and creates NEXT opportunities for communities and organizations, with a unique emphasis on place based talent recruitment. She is credited with authoring the strategy that targeted entrepreneurs and millennials as key components for the place based renaissance of downtown Durham, North Carolina that CNN just named
the start up capital of the south. She boasts an eclectic list of clients and projects.

Prior to founding her own company, Casey served as President and CEO of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce from 2007 until 2015. Under her direction, the Durham Chamber received national and international acclaim for its leadership in economic and entrepreneurial development, winning the award for the Best Innovative Economic Development Project at the World Chambers Congress in Doha, Qatar, in 2013. Durham
experienced over $5 billion in announced new investment that created more than 20,000 jobs during her tenure, including the birth and rapid growth of an entrepreneurial ecosystem that is now considered one of the most vibrant in the South.

A 27 year veteran of Chamber and Economic Development work, she also served as President and CEO of Chambers in Pennsylvania and Florida. She sits on numerous boards but most notably serves on the Community Growth and Investment Foundation, an international foundation created to help Chambers throughout the US and Canada strengthen their expertise and engagement in community and economic development initiatives in their communities.

>>Learn more www.caseyscompany.com.

The River District Implementation Team

  • Dave Weaver (Chair)
  • Bob Deputy
  • Brian Smith
  • Pete McCown
  • Crystal Welsh (City Lead)
  • David Henke
  • Mike Machlan
  • Jeff Schaffer
  • Tory Irwin
  • Jamie Arce
  • Shelley Moore (Project Lead)
  • Scott Ford
  • Ken Jones
  • Chris Chockley
  • Jeff Speck
  • David Dixon
  • Laurie Volk

Contact Shelley Moore at 574.970.1322 for questions and details.

>>Learn more www.elkhartriverdistrict.com