Mr. Feinberg is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a registered architect. He has many years of varied professional planning, design, and project management experience, including in the private, public and quasi-public sectors, and as a citizen planner. This has allowed him to view communities from many angles and understand how to work with all interests to achieve superior results that address multiple factors. A decade ago, he founded East Frederick Rising as a non-profit to help shape the over 2000-acres of prime land next to downtown Frederick, Md. With a number of other citizens, they created a vision that was accepted and endorsed by the city government. His work in Frederick and many other communities – such as with expert practitioners earlier on visions for La Plata – fostered the skills needed to work well with others to create places that are vibrant, community-driven, economically viable, and loved long after they are built. His job has been to make sure that key people are in place to make these goals a reality.
“As an engaged citizen and professional, I have focused on preserving, enhancing and ensuring resilience for places much like La Plata. Communities in the path of progress can easily be damaged or destroyed by development that does not honor the character of the area, but the team associated with The HUB at La Plata is working to make sure this does not happen. My experience has taught me how to help direct those same development pressures to reinforce and enhance a sense of place and the essential connectivity that make new and sustainable communities interesting places to live and work in and visit. This requires working with others to create common visions for the areas that will be developed and redeveloped, so that they live up to the area’s best, time-honored qualities. By working with the development community, decision-makers and citizens, it is possible to direct growth in such a way that it reinforces the best aspects of what is meant by the word community.”