Elaine Clishamis a communications and outreach associate at New Jersey Future, a statewide smart-growth policy research organization. Prior to joining the organization in March 2011 she spent more than 30 years in advertising and marketing at various newspaper organizations and trade associations. Most recently she was the director of marketing and of targeted solutions at the American Press Institute, a national newspaper industry think tank, where she was involved in a multi-year research project focused on new, more digital business models for newspapers. She holds a master's degree in Community Planning with a concentration in housing and community development policy from the University of Maryland; an M.B.A. with a concentration in marketing from Northeastern University; and an A.B. in English from Princeton University.
Lately I’ve been reading about an increasing number of instances in which good-faith planning efforts are being ambushed, often delaying or completely derailing various initiatives. Here, for example, are the new commissioners of Carroll County, Maryland, working to “fix” their comprehensive plan – click on item VI in the agenda under the video or jump to about 1:07 to get to the heart of it. More informatively, here’s the East Bay Tea Party in California revealing the strategy it used to derail a public visioning workshop focused on sustainable development.