John Olson will be presenting at the REpowering Southern Colorado Renewable Energy Expo 2011 on August 6, 2011.  He wil participate in a panel on Future Jobs Potential in NEED©.  The following is a bio for John and a brief abstract of his portion of the presentation.  John is honored to join on a panel with: Eddie Sturman, Sturman Industries; RJ Harrington, Policy Director at Colorado Solar Energy Industries; Becky English, a CRES Board Member; Tony Frank, the CRES Executive Director; and Sarah Spencer-Workman of Sedgewick LLC.
John has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University. Mr. Olson is a registered Landscape Architect in the State of Colorado with nine years of experience in landscape architecture, planning and urban design. Over a year ago, John started Olson Planning & Urban Landscapes in Colorado Springs which provides landscape architecture and planning services. John is involved in the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority and the Colorado Springs Downtown Review Board. He is a co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism Colorado where he currently sits on the board as the Treasurer. John was also an active stakeholder in the process to create Colorado Springs downtown form-based code and in Southern Colorado, John served as the Landscape Architect for the Pueblo Municipal Complex.
There are several methodologies of creating and fostering economic development in our communities. The brief presentation will examine the opportunities that do not involve typical financial incentives, but an incentive of expediency and flexibility. Form-based codes and other ‘green’ codes that promote buildings that are loved will be contrasted with the conventional Euclidian zoning codes that have arguably become one of our country’s largest financial threats.