Bret from USA applies for Blue Card Belgium

Town and traffic planners

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Name of profession: Town and traffic planners Name of latest business sector: Economic Development/Town Planning Latest occupation/title: Director, Strategic Economic Development and Research Latest main activities: Develop strategies to encourage growth of region's innovation-based economy. Researches and produces reports and analysis on region's economy.


Completed education: master Title or Qualification: City Planning Specialisation: Economic Development Additional trainings: Bachelors degree in Economics with Minor in International Studies

Preferred countries:

1. Preferred country | region / city: Belgium | Flanders 2. Preferred country | region / city: Germany | 3. Preferred country | region / city: France |

Language skills:

1. Language skills: english => excellent 2. Language skills: 3. Language skills: =>

Personal note /detailed application:

Strategic planning and economic development professional with a demonstrated record of achievement and strong communication skills. Possesses a diverse range of global, national, and local experience that provides the perspective to create, embrace, and implement transformational initiatives to enhance a community.

The Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture, Atlanta, GA, USA Graduated 05/2002
Masters in City Planning Atlanta, GA, USA
Specialization in Economic Development

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA Graduated 05/1996
Bachelors of Arts in Economics, Cum Laude
Minor in International Studies

Goldsmiths College – University of London, London, England 01/1995 – 06/1995
Studied Urban Economics and Public Policy

Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, Winston-Salem, NC, USA 11/2005 – Present
Director, Strategic Economic Development & Research (Promoted January 2008)
* Created and leads the Chamber’s Research Center, which produces statistics, reports, publications, presentations, and public speaking engagements for the community’s economic development initiatives.
* Establishes goals, implements programs, and manages volunteer committees for the Chamber’s Tech Council – a collaborative effort of community leaders that seeks to grow high-skilled, knowledge-based businesses and entrepreneurs.
* Facilitates the retention and expansion of existing businesses through market analysis, project evaluations, industry visits, site selection, workforce development, securing of incentives, and one-on-one counseling.
* Works collaboratively with committees, consultants, and state and local officials to implement and improve a variety of strategic development initiatives including: downtown revitalization, research park development, transportation planning, high-speed broadband expansion, and long-range land use planning.
* Plans and organizes the Chamber’s Tech Briefing – an annual event that attracts over 400 attendees and showcases local innovative companies and their impact on the economy.
* Interacts directly with local, national, and international media members on local economic and community development topics leading to television and radio appearances and quotes in various publications.
* Developed a comprehensive plan to attract and retain young professionals in the Winston-Salem area.
* Supervised Chamber’s Marketing Manager and guided organization’s external communication strategies, including website development and expanded social media outreach.

Manager, Technology and Economic Development
* Implemented the Chamber Tech Council’s initiatives in areas such as education, government affairs, public relations, and event planning.
* Developed relationships with an array of community leaders, such as Chamber board members, company executives, university leaders, elected officials, and other economic development professionals.
* Developed strategies to assist entrepreneurs and businesses in their efforts to start-up, grow, and expand.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Planning Department, Winston-Salem, NC, USA 04/2003 – 10/2005
Project Planner (Promoted March 2005)
* Produced detailed studies on the economic, social, and development trends affecting Winston-Salem.
* Created a process to analyze the transportation and fiscal impacts of development around a large development site in Forsyth County.
* Successfully presented plans to the City Council and County Board of Commissioners.
* Initiated a project seeking to market and inform the public about the department’s initiatives.

* Led steering committee of community stakeholders through the creation of a small area plan that addressed topics such as land use, transportation, the environment, historic preservation, and urban design.
* Presented research, studies, and reports to the public, elected officials, and fellow staff members.
* Provided staff support to the Community Appearance Commission and the Yadkin River Commission.

Market Street Services, Atlanta, GA, USA 05/2001 – 03/2003
Associate (Promoted May 2002)
* Designed and managed processes to create comprehensive community and economic development strategies for clients throughout the United States.
* Facilitated discussion with elected and appointed officials, business leaders, and focus groups to identify key issues and concerns within a community.
* Conducted research and wrote deliverable reports on economic development topics such as demographics, industrial structure, business cluster analysis, business climate, and workforce development.
* Presented findings and recommendations to community leaders.

Research Associate
* Completed in-depth quantitative and qualitative analyses of communities.
* Developed proposals for new projects and clients.

Wells Fargo (formerly Wachovia Bank), Winston-Salem, NC, USA 12/1997 – 07/2000
International Trade Representative (Promoted to First Officer January 2000)
* Managed clients’ international bank relationship and served in primary position for delivery of international trade services to large and medium-sized corporate customers.
* Provided technical guidance to corporate clients and internal loan and treasury service officers.
* Made careful and crucial decisions in accordance with uniform customs and practices and bank policies.

Abbey National Treasury Services, plc., London, England 10/1996 – 03/1997
Treasury Operations Clerk
* Served as liaison between treasury dealers and bank branches for wholly-owned subsidiary of one of the United Kingdom’s leading financial institutions (now Santander UK).
* Administered international money market instruments and assisted in balancing daily currency positions.

American Institute of Certified Planners, 2004 – Present; Downtown Winston-Salem Planning Committee, 2007 – Present; Northwest North Carolina YMCA Pioneering Healthier Communities Board, 2009 – Present; North Carolina Planning Conference Local Organizing Committee, 2013; PTP NEXT Business Competition Board, 2013; North Carolina State Games Local Organizing Committee, 2010 – 2012; Educational Achievement Volunteer, 2005 – Present; Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Research Excellence Award, July 2002; and Winston-Salem Adult Soccer League, 2003 – Present.

* Ability to quickly grasp and effectively utilize new software and freeware.
* Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign; Google Drive; ArcGIS; SPSS; Social Media.


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