October 09 2012

Farewell From Patricia Kent

Mammoth Lakes, CAI began writing for The GRID after re-locating from Albuquerque, NM to Mammoth Lakes, CA. While I have always found blogging to be an exceptional outlet for personal use and staying connected with family and friends, I had never considered the benefit I could derive from it professionally until I joined Global Site Plans. For the past year I have explored topics related to economic development, marketing, and sustainable tourism. I have used this experience to learn about my new community including the importance of transient occupancy taxes, the water war with Los Angeles, CA, and geothermal energy.

Renée van Staveren, our blog editor at Global Site Plans, uses social media at the optimal level participating in Twitter chats regarding the urban form and utilizing LinkedIn and Facebook to promote her staff members’ blogs on The GRID. While writing about and experiencing the benefits that social media can offer governmental agencies, environmental non-profits, engineers, and entrepreneurs I was also able to network with other planning and design consultancies such as Sasaki Associates, Inc. during my time here.

My next adventures include working for the Town of Mammoth Lakes, completing my Master’s thesis on cooperatives as a community economic development strategy, and enjoying the Eastern Sierra region of California. While I am moving on from Global Site Plans, my time here will not be forgotten. The GRID has allowed me to explore and critically analyze urban (and rural) planning issues from a new perspective.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working for Renée van Staveren and am grateful for her and the other staff members’ guidance, insights, and professionalism. Thank you to everyone who has read my work, commented, and enjoyed my blogs. I know I enjoyed writing them.

Patricia Kent



Patricia Kent

Patricia Kent wrote for The GRID between October 2011 and October 2012. During this time she was a graduate student in Community & Regional Planning with a concentration in Latin American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She was also a recent transplant to Mammoth Lakes, CA. Her interests ranged from political theory and public policy to sustainable tourism. A strong advocate for participatory planning practices, her studies focused on community capacity building and economic development. She believed in fostering entrepreneurship in communities. Currently, Patricia is working on economic sustainability policies that benefit both the preservation of the Eastern Sierras as well as the ever-increasing tourist population.

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