• Home
  • Comprehensive Rural Development

Comprehensive Rural Development

  • 13 Sep 2017
  • 9:00 AM
  • 14 Sep 2017
  • 4:00 PM
  • JCC, 6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260
  • 9


Practitioners in small towns and rural areas often wear multiple hats to address the ways interrelated issues affect their communities. This training will address successful strategies for rural development, acknowledging and tying together the relationships between these topics.

Presenters from across the state will address the following topics:

Rural Resources

Kathleen Weissenberger is known to many around Indiana from the 10 years she served as Director of Grant Services and State CDBG Director for the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). She also served on the Board of Directors for the Council of State Community Development Agencies from 2010-2015 and has instructed several national-level CDBG training courses.


Jennifer Pyrz is a registered professional engineer with HNTB Corporation in Indianapolis. Jennifer received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in civil engineering from Purdue University. She has more than 20 years of experience managing projects and providing technical analysis for transit studies, architectural and engineering design work, environmental analyses, parking studies, transportation plans, safe routes to school studies, operational analyses, and safety audits.  She is an active member in her community and has participated on the boards of many organizations including the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Women’s Transportation Seminar, and Midtown Indianapolis, Inc.


James Bosley, President and Chief Executive Officer of New Hope Services since 1979, and Jody Reschar, Chief Operating Officer of New Hope Services, oversee the housing and community development division, New Hope Development Services (NHDS). New Hope Development Services has developed multi-family, single-family, and rehab properties for families and seniors across southern Indiana, completing over 500 units in the past 19 years.

Aging in Place

Philip B. Stafford, Ph.D., is the very recently retired Director of the Center on Aging and Community at the Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University in Bloomington. ​A cultural anthropologist, Phil has been active in community development for age and ability-friendly communities for three decades. He chairs the ASA NEST Council. His most recent book, entitled Elderburbia: Aging with a Sense of Place in America, was published by Praeger Press in October, 2009 and he is currently editing a volume entitled The Global Age-friendly Community Movement: A Critical Perspective for Berghahn Press.

Brownfield Redevelopment

Joel Markland is the President at BCA Environmental Consultants. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Management from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and has worked in the environmental consulting industry since the mid-1990’s. Joel joined BCA in 2008 and brings extensive experience in marketing and project development for environmental consulting services. Joel works with clients to develop appropriate strategies to address their needs, and he is passionate about building partnerships and growing relationships with clients. Over the past several years, Joel has focused on project development and business management and has overseen the steady growth of BCA.


Cory Whitesell serves as HWC's director of planning. Whitesell specializes in facilitating complex planning projects that involve coordination between multiple units of government and various community stakeholder groups. He has extensive experience leading public interaction, including planning meetings, design charrettes, focus group meetings, stakeholder interviews and public meetings. With more than 21 years of experience in a variety of design disciplines, Whitesell’s approach blends placemaking, economic development and technical/engineering solutions.

Economic Development

Jim Tidd is the Executive Director of the Miami County Economic Development Authority. Through his work, Jim has recognized the need for small rural communities to work together across county lines to develop strategies for business retention and attraction that can compete with metropolitan areas. He's also successfully identified and secured multiple funding sources as a strategy for project financing for economic development.

This training is underwritten by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

Prosperity Indiana
202 East Market Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 
Phone // 317.454.8533 Fax // 317.454.8534 
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software