Mayor Day to participate in design conference

Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and the city of Salisbury have been selected to participate in the Mayor’s Institute on City Design’s 2016 MICD East institute session.

The goal of the session is to bring the mayors of eight cities together with leading design experts to find solutions to the most significant design challenge facing the target cities.

Thanks in part to its growing economy, and what is being hailed as a “renaissance” in its urban core, Salisbury was identified by MICD as a city which would benefit from inclusion in the 2016 institute session.

he process will culminate in a three-day work session in Miami later this month.

Since 1986, the MICD has worked in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, American Architectural Foundation, and United States Conference of Mayors to improve cities by focusing on design, and by urging mayors to act as the chief urban designers of their cities.  Once a target city is identified, an MICD representative makes a fact-finding visit to meet the mayor, and to learn about project sites and surrounding areas in order to develop a case study.  The MICD representative visit to Salisbury took place Aug. 10.

Mayor Day holds degrees in architecture, urban design and environmental policy from the University of Maryland, Carnegie Mellon University and Oxford University and has served as a member of the American Institute of Architects national Board of Directors. He has been honored as a fellow of the Next American Vanguard, Leadership Maryland and the Smart Growth America Local Leaders Council. He was a winner of the 2012 Maryland Sustainable Growth Award for Leadership & Service, has been published and has spoken extensively around the country on urban design, revitalization and place-based economic development.

“I have always admired this incredibly prestigious effort that pairs the world’s best designers with mayors making a difference in their cities,” said the Mayor.  “In my professional career, I didn’t imagine that I would be on the public official side of the table, were I ever lucky enough to participate.  I look forward to meeting with, learning from, and aiding 7 other mayors in developing solutions to the most complex problems facing their city.  I expect to return from this session with a clear set of solutions to the complex set of connections and barriers between the Salisbury City Park, the Norfolk Southern Railway, U.S. Route 13 Business, our Downtown and the Wicomico River.”

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