Press and Public Speaking


Bend City Club, Thoughts on Urban RenewalVideo and article.

Canby First, Economic Consultant Explains Everything Terrible about Downtown Canby (and How to Fix It)You Tube Video and Article.

Infinite Earth Radio Podcast Episode 85: Reimagining Retail with Michele Reeves

Astoria, Oregon Findings and Recommendations Presentation

Compilation and Interviews from Tour with Downtown Tigard Stakeholders

Excerpts from Downtown Gresham, Oregon: Fundamentals of Vibrant Downtowns


Not just window dressing: Downtown businesses revamp their displays with new program, Modesto Bee.

Six Ways to Redefine Portland Using One Dead Mall, Willamette Week.

Residents Weigh In: If Downtown Canby Were a Person, What Would They Be Feeling Right Now?, Canby First.

Expert gives insight on improving downtown Madras, Madras Pioneer.

A vision for DoMo (downtown Modesto) we can turn into reality, Modesto Bee.

Improvements Underway Along Main Street In Stockton, CBS Sacramento.

Main Street Minden to Workshop, Focus Groups, Carson Valley Times.

Urban Strategist to Peoria Businesses: What’s on the Outside Counts, Peoria Public Radio.

And the study says …, The Canby Herald.

‘Better Blackstone workshops Wednesday, Thursday, The Fresno Bee.

Is this town big enough for two new hotels?, The Columbian.

City to Begin Storefront Improvement Program, Elko Daily Free Press.

Las Cruces Hosts Workshop Building Great Commercial Districts, KRWG TV/FM.

Revitalizing Vancouver: New Program Targets Vacant Properties, Vancouver Business Journal.

Revitalizing downtown, The Central Oregonian.

Consultant: Savvy plan, vibrant buildings will boost downtown, The Columbian.

Redevelopment consultant offers tips to revitalize downtown, Elko Daily Free Press.

Cities’ Green Accelerator, Portland Tribune.

Gateway corridor study results presented, Mid-County Memo.

Gateway-Weidler business owners brainstorm re-branding ideas, Mid-County Memo.

Consultant: Promise, problems along Portland’s India Street, The Forecaster.

Downtown is important, Sacramento News & Review.

Cornelius City Council hears recommendations on improving town center, The Oregonian.

Awnings can go away, Hillsboro Tribune.

Downtown Hillsboro businesses could soon gain reprieve from requirement to provide ‘weather protection’ for pedestrians, The Oregonian.

‘A small downtown acts like a single store’, The Daily Astorian.

Region’s downtowns and main streets bloom with help from public programs, Metro.

Astoria should tell its story for marketing, The Daily Astorian.

Community building for commercial success, Coast River Business Journal.

Project at Burgerville site called gateway to downtown, The Columbian.

Energy and Passion Drive Astoria’s ADHDA, HIPFiSHmonthly.

Astoria: Become the ‘anti-mall’, Coast River Business Journal.

‘You have to become the anti-strip mall’, The Daily Astorian.

Gimres leaves big footprint in history, Hillsboro Tribune.

Strictly Business: Downtown Vancouver can regain its old glow, The Columbian.

VDA moving forward with civic identity in mind, Vancouver Business Journal.

Consultant gauges progress toward downtown revitalization, The Columbian.

How do you energize downtown Forest Grove?, Portland Tribune.

Downtown Lake Oswego at three miles per hour, Metro.

Walkers equal more sales per square foot, Coast River Business Journal.

Downtown Forest Grove gets lessons in marketing itself and stirring up business, The Oregonian.

Downtown Hillsboro businesses could earn money for storefront improvements, The Oregonian.

Free forum for business and property owners provides inside track on successful downtowns, Coast River Business Journal.

Metro continues analysis of ways to improve downtown Forest Grove, The Oregonian.

Forest Grove set to ponder downtown, The Forest Grove News-Times.

Early jump on improvement in downtown Lake Oswego, Lake Oswego Review.

Downtown LO: Land of beige?, Portland Tribune.

Urban strategist helps Lake Oswego tell downtown story, Metro.

Civilis issues report on revitalization, The Hillsboro Argus.

Improve downtown Gresham: More bikes, less beige among the ideas, The Oregonian.

Consultant releases recommendations for downtown Hillsboro revitalization, The Oregonian.

Plans for revitalizing Fruit Valley continue, The Vancouver Business Journal.

Fruit Valley looks to build a ‘to-do’ list, The Columbian.

Launching a downtown revival, Lake Oswego Review.

Consultant wraps up 4-month revitalization curriculum in downtown Hillsboro, The Oregonian.

Downtown Matters: Lessons From Hillsboro, 1000 Friends of Oregon.

Hillsboro leaders tour Portland district for revitalization tips, The Hillsboro Argus.

Hillsboro business leaders visit North Williams Avenue for revitalization tips, The Oregonian.

Could downtown Hillsboro be the next Mississippi Avenue? Consultant says yes, The Oregonian.

Hillsboro forges ahead with downtown renewal, Metro.

Keep the focus on Gresham revitalization, Gresham Outlook.

Dump the beige – Downtown Gresham needs color, Gresham Outlook.

Downtown Oregon City needs residents for a true revival, says Metro consultant, The Oregonian.

Metro Program Aids Downtown Revitalization, Daily Journal of Commerce.

Urban Revitalization: Can Coffee Transform Downtown?, The Tigard Times.

Overheard at Tigard’s downtown revitalization workshop: pessimism mixed with hope, The Oregonian.

North Mississippi Avenue connects the dots for Tigard Downtowners Seeking Main Street Revival, Metro News Feed.

The Decline of the Tacky Strip Mall, Oregon Business.

Fourth Plain: Journey or Destination?, The Columbian.

‘Pure’ Bus Rapid Transit in Vancouver Might Not Solve Fourth Plain’s Problems, Consultant Says, The Oregonian.

Tigard’s Main Street: ’Hard Work Is Done’, Portland Tribune.

Revitalization Workshop Floats Ideas for New Features in Downtown Tigard, The Oregonian.

Tigard’s Downtown Revitalization Effort Continues With Tuesday Presentation, The Oregonian.

Oregon City Merchants See Mixed Bag on Arch Bridge Closure, Portland Tribune.

What’s With Downtown Tigard?, The Tigard Times.

Tigard Kicks off Downtown Revitalization Effort With a Look Elsewhere at What Works, What Doesn’t, The Oregonian.

Real Estate Expert Shares Experience With Main Street OC, Oregon City News.

Metro partners with cities, consultant, to revitalize downtowns and main streets, Metro.

Tuesday Gathering Aims to Kick off Hands-On Approach to Revamping Downtown Tigard, The Oregonian.

Small Projects Could Lead to Bigger Things for Downtown, The Columbian.

Revitalization Begins in Downtown Vancouver, The Daily Journal of Commerce.

Downtown Study Collaboration Key to Success, The Columbian.

Consultant Critiques Vancouver’s Downtown, The Columbian.

Mercury Debate Club: Gentrification, Portland Mercury.

Portland’s Hidden Neighborhood, Via Magazine.

Face Value. Dishing with the eastside queen of the restaurant real-estate scene., Willamette Week.

Dos and Don’ts from those in the Know , Portland Mercury.

Mississippi Renaissance, Portland Business Journal.


  • The Brick & Mortar Game, Downtown Revitalization Program, Dubuque IA, Winter 2020.
  • Iowa Downtown Conference: Innovation & Intentionality Keynote, Dubuque, IA, Fall 2019.
  • Bend City Club: Monthly Forum Keynote, Bend, OR, Fall 2019
  • 1st Annual Transforming our Commercial Corridors Sacramento Region, CA, Spring 2018.
  • Redevelopment 101: A Primer on Adaptive Reuse, Camas, WA, Summer 2017.
  • Revitalization Toolkits: Property Owners, Businesses, and the Public Sector, Stockton, CA, Summer 2017.
  • Sacramento Area Council of Governments Infill & Redevelopment Workshop, Sacramento, CA, Spring 2017.
  • Development without Displacement, 2017 National Main Streets Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, Spring 2017.
  • District Revitalization Training, Peoria, IL, Spring 2017.
  • Iowa Tourism Conference, Keynote: Branding, Marketing and Story for Places , Bettendorf, IA, Fall 2016.
  • Property Owners, Unraveling the Mystery! 2016 National Main Streets Conference, Milwaukee, WI, Spring 2016.
  • Regional Planning Workshop, Mid-Michigan Revitalization Toolkit, Grand Ledge, MI, Winter 2015.
  • Better Blackstone Series, Innovative Strategies for Commercial Corridors – Overcoming Financial Obstacles to Revitalization, Fresno, CA, Fall 2015.
  • State of Sacramento County, Keynote, Sacramento, CA, Fall 2015.
  • Oregon Main Street Annual Conference, Developer for a Day, The Dalles, OR, Fall 2015.
  • Eco El Paso Workshop, Building Brand Downtown, El Paso, TX, Spring 2015.
  • Eco El Paso Symposium, Working Within Existing Fabric, El Paso, TX, Spring 2015.
  • Downtown Auburn Summit, Building District Brand and Value, Auburn, WA, Winter 2014/15.
  • Downtown Vancouver Summit, Building District Brand and Value, Vancouver, WA, Fall 2014.
  • Oregon Main Street Conference, Nuts and Bolts of Retail, McMinnville, OR, Fall 2014.
  • Embrace the Place Speaker Series, Building Blocks of Great Downtowns, Killeen, TX, Summer 2014.
  • Portland State University Urban Sustainability Accelerator College Town Revitalization, Portland, OR, Summer 2014.
  • Eco El Paso Symposium Building Blocks of Great Downtowns, El Paso, TX, Winter 2014.
  • Portland Society for Architecture Keynote Good Design is Good for Business, Portland, ME, Winter 2014.
  • Oregon Main Street Conference, How to Talk to Property Owners, Astoria, OR, Fall 2013.
  • Oregon Main Street Conference, Upstairs Downtown: Growing Up, Not Out, Astoria, OR, Fall 2013.
  • Railvolution, Parking Panel: When is Enough Enough?, Seattle, WA, Fall 2013.
  • Portland State University Urban Sustainability Accelerator Evolution of Downtowns and Adjacent Markets, Portland, OR, Summer 2013.
  • Portland State University Urban Sustainability Accelerator Urban and Suburban Corridor Redevelopment, Portland, OR, Summer 2013.
  • Society for College and University Planning Pacific Regional Conference Inclusive Growth: The Building Blocks of Great Places, Denver, CO, Spring 2013.
  • International Council of Shopping Centers Alliance Program, Moderator: The Future of Retail, Portland, OR, Spring 2013.
  • Railvolution, Panel: Managing Parking to Promote Livability, Conflict or Balance?, Los Angeles, CA, Fall 2012
  • The Western Planner, Spurring Downtown Revitalization, Planning Really Does Matter, Billings, Montana, Summer of 2012
  • International Council of Shopping Centers Alliance Program, Moderator: Retrofitting Suburbia. Portland, OR, Spring of 2012.
  • Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit, Presenter: Identity, Authenticity & Economic Development. Persimmon Country Club, Fall of 2011.
  • Oregon Economic Development Association Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker, Hallmark Resort, Newport, Oregon. Civic Identity, Branding, and Economic Development. Presented in the Fall of 2011.
  • Pacific Intermountain Parking & Transportation Association Annual Conference, Vancouver Hilton, Washington. Downtown and Main Street Revitalization and the Role of Transportation and Parking. Presented in Vancouver Washington. Summer 2011.
  • Association of Washington Cities Annual Conference, Civic Identity: The Power of Understanding and Leveraging Your City’s Story. Presented in Spokane Washington. Summer 2011.
  • Portland Development Commission’s Neighborhood Economic Development Roundtable, Panelist in Portland, Oregon. 2010.
  • Mayors’ Institute on City Design, Portland, Oregon. Summer 2009.
  • International Downtown Association conference in Anchorage, Alaska, Everything you Need to Know about Retail. Spring 2007.
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation, Seattle, Washington, Chains on Main, 2006.
  • Get Centered Events Brownbag Discussion Series, Rejuvenating Main Street Retail, Portland, Oregon, 2006.