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How to mobilize community support and win land use battles is the focus of a joint course offered this month by The Saint Consulting Group and MIT Center for Real Estate.

This unique two-day course, offered on July 22-23 at the Cambridge campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be led by Phillip Clay, an MIT professor of urban studies and former Chancellor of MIT, and Patrick Fox, president of The Saint Consulting Group. To register, click here.

The course is designed to provide a foundation for creating an  effective and efficient strategy for mobilizing communities and winning permits for land use projects. Every development project is different and often encompasses a very diverse set of constituencies. Therefore, no one approach works for all situations. In order to be successful, one should understand and exercise a broad range of strategies and techniques for winning community support.

Course Information & Registration details, click here

Learning Outcomes
  • Develop an understanding and an appreciation of the interests of all stakeholders, including the public interests
  • Develop ability to quickly determine the probability of a project’s success
  • Understand a framework for employing a political campaign approach to land use projects
  • Identify the value of employing a community-based, mutual gains approach for securing development approvals
Instructors
PHILLIP L. CLAY, PH.D. ’75, is a professor of urban studies and planning at MIT and is widely known for his work in U.S. housing policy and community-based development. In his most recent research, Professor Clay evaluated the effectiveness of various initiatives to build organizational and developmental capacity in community-based development organizations. Most recently Professor Clay served as MIT’s Chancellor.
Professor Clay is a founding member of the National Housing Trust that continues to address the issue of housing preservation. He is also President of the Board of The Community Builders, Inc., the nation’s largest nonprofit developer of affordable housing. In recent years, Professor Clay has served as a senior advisor on projects in several areas that include public housing, community capacity-building, and urban job initiatives. In his community development work and in other capacities, Professor Clay has played a role in framing engagement for mutual gain and for long term relationships.
Among other works, his publications include two books, Neighborhood Politics and Planning (with Rob Hollister) and Neighborhood Renewal: Middleclass Resettlement and Incumbent Upgrading in American Neighborhoods.
A member of the MIT faculty since 1975, Professor Clay served as MIT’s chancellor for nearly a decade (2001-2010), and was Associate Provost, in the Office of the Provost, from 1994 to 2001. Clay was the Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1992 to 1994 and its Associate Department Head during 1990 to 1992. From 1980 to 1984, Professor Clay served as the Assistant Director of the Joint Center for Urban Studies of MIT and Harvard.
Professor Clay received the AB degree with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1968 and his Ph.D. in City Planning in 1975 from MIT.
PATRICK FOX, President of Saint Consulting, has been with the firm since 1998 where he served as project manager, division manager and vice president before becoming company president.
Patrick has managed or consulted on hundreds of land use projects across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, adapting state-of-the-art grassroots political campaign techniques to win controversial land use battles. He is co-author of the book, NIMBY Wars – The Politics of Land Use.
Patrick developed the Saint Index, the world’s only international survey that quantifies and analyzes opposition to development, which has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Development Magazine, Business 2.0, Electric Perspectives, Health Facilities Management, Rock Products and many other media.
Patrick earned an MBA from Northeastern University and has completed additional programs at Harvard, MIT and Harvard Business School. His experience includes work on more than 100 political campaigns, management of a U.S. Congressional office and a government relations consulting firm. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
He has addressed the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Conference on Open-Air Centers, Eckert Seamans’ Panel on International Business, The Canadian Gaming Association, the AFL-CIO, ICSC Centerbuild and the annual WasteCon conference, among others, and served on the Urban Land Institute Advisory Panel for Springfield, Massachusetts.
Registration & Fees
Course Fee: $1,750
The program fee covers tuition, course reader, continental breakfast, and light refreshments. Registration and payment must be made at least two weeks prior to the course start date. Course information, including the reader, will be made available once payment is received.
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