Paulsen Invited to National Discussion on City Planning
Dr. Derek Paulsen, director of EKUís Center for Crime and the Built Environment and an associate professor of criminal justice, was among a group of municipal government innovation experts and practitioners invited to attend a special meeting in New York City, convened by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
In February, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray appointed Paulsen, who lives in Lexington, to be the cityís first commissioner focused solely on planning.
The NYC event focused on the emerging innovation ecosystem to increase innovation capacity within city government and the approaches being used in the ground, connecting city innovators from across the nation and engaging them in conversations on how this work can best be supported.
Paulsen, who earned his Ph.D. in criminal justice in 2000 from Sam Houston State University, is a nationally recognized expert on building safe communities and is the author of several books on building socially sustainable communities.
Bloomberg Philanthropies works primarily to advance five areas globally: the Arts, Education, the Environment, Government Innovation and Public Health. $330 million was distributed in 2011.