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Cal Poly Pomona

The 2013 Dale Prize

Restoring Main Street: Linking Historic Preservation and Economic Development

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The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning. The Dale Prize recognizes planning excellence, creates dialogue between scholars and practitioners, and enriches the education of planning students.
Many cities have underutilized historic commercial, industrial and residential districts that can become assets in an economic development strategy. While there are many success stories attesting to this, there are also examples where economic development has diminished historic resources. How do we traverse the nexus of these two dimensions to develop effective plans and policies? How can we create jobs, expand economic activity, and build a tax base while respecting and enhancing historic resources? How can synergies be realized and conflicts avoided? What strategies should jurisdictions follow, recognizing that the
term historic has official and local meanings in a diverse, multicultural society?

The 2013 Dale Prize winners are:
Practitioner Prize: Mary Means. Means is the pioneering creator of the Main Street Program, a highly successful and widely adopted preservation, planning, and community development program. Her career includes award-winning work for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and thirty years of consulting practice in the field. She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her work has won awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the American Planning Association for projects in New Orleans, the Erie Canalway, Roanoke, and other locations.

Scholar Prize: John R. Mullin Ph.D., FAICP. Mullin is an internationally recognized leader in the field of economic development, with particular interest in the economic development/historic nexus. Beginning his academic career as a planning historian, he has successfully linked economic development and historic preservation, as exemplified in his seminal
article “From Mill Town to Mill Town: The Transition of a New England Town from a Textile to a High Tech Economy. He has also served as Director for the Center for Economic Development and Dean and Vice Provost at University of Massachusetts. Dr. Mullin is the author or editor of over 100 book chapters, articles, and reports. He has received awards from the Association
of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the University of Massachusetts.