Working with Minnesota Local Governments to Increase Access to Healthy Food - Local Community Planning: Navigating the connections between food and local planning efforts (2016)

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Monday, May 16, 2016

This webinar, the second in a series, helps prepare food and health advocates for productive collaborations by sharing an overview of how and why planners make decisions. Additionally, speakers provide some concrete tools and examples that attendees can use with their own city planners.

Dr. Beth A. Wielde Heidelberg, Professor of Urban Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Julie Ring, Executive Director of the Association of Minnesota Counties.
Mary Marrow, staff attorney with the Public Health Law Center

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  • Andy Hubley, AICP is the Director of the Regional Planning Division of the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC), a regional development organization serving seven counties in Northeast Minnesota. Hubley has been with ARDC since 1997. He leads ARDC’s efforts in rural and small urban land use and transportation planning and has experience with strategic planning, environmental review, Geographic Information Systems, economic development, and recreation planning. Hubley has a BA in Geography from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners.
  • Ellen Pillsbury is the Active Transportation Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health. Within the Office of Statewide health Improvement Initiatives, Ellen focuses on community active living strategies working with local public health, regional and State partners on active transportation and planning efforts to create more walkable and bikable communities. Ellen has over 9 years of experience in regional planning.  Ellen has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Minnesota State University Mankato.
  • Eric Weiss, AICP, is a community health planner at the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. A city planner by trade, Eric works with and supports projects across the state with a focus on the intersections of health, equity and community development. He founded and operated a farmers market and community garden and worked to bring a full-service grocery store to his neighborhood in South Minneapolis. Eric holds a master’s in urban planning from Minnesota State University, Mankato.


  • Mary Marrow, staff attorney with the Public Health Law Center