Alex Bell


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Alex Bell


ALEX BELL

Project Manager, Technical Director | Durham, NC

About Alex: 

Analyst, Husband, Student/Disciple  

Education: 

BA, Art History, University of South Florida

MS, Planning, Florida State University

Innovative | Tenacious | Hopeful

Alex focuses on plans, projects, tools, and data products that support a systematic and comprehensive approach to community and regional planning. His work deals primarily with interactions between the built environment, economic and demographic trends, travel behavior, transportation system performance, and environmental impacts of urban development. His project involvement covers database construction and management, GIS analysis and tools creation, and model development and application. He has contributed to a variety of transportation and land use studies at the local, regional, state, and federal levels.

I believe... 

We are working in a time of exceptional opportunity. We can collect and digest massive amounts of information, look at old problems in new ways, and witness technological and behavioral innovations creating new and exciting conundrums. In such a time, we have a duty to analyze our decisions – through reflection, synthesis, and projection – to inform policy and investment with a wisdom that invites fresh approaches, guided by our personal and collective values.

Our innovations are vanity unless they illuminate and respond to the needs of the people and creatures of the communities we serve.

When decisions and plans are made that differ from or even offend our understanding of what it is good and right, they are yet made by humans equal to ourselves.

Finally, we must cast our lot with our predecessors, acknowledge the limitations of our powers, and welcome with open arms the blessings and curses our innovations will bring.

Amanda Chornoby


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Amanda Chornoby


AMANDA CHornoby, AICP

Project Manager | Tampa, FL

About Amanda: 

Lover of Animals, Fitness Fanatic, Florida Gator Fan

Education: 

BA, Geography, Minor in Urban & Regional Planning, University of Florida

MA, Urban & Regional Planning, University of Florida

Adventurous | Resourceful | Adaptable

Amanda is a Project Manager in Renaissance’s Tampa office. With a background in transportation and geography, Amanda strives to keep in line with Renaissance’s trademark integration of transportation and land use. Her focus areas include freight planning, Efficient Transportation Decision Making (ETDM), multimodal and intermodal planning, comprehensive planning, public involvement, document layout and graphic support, as well as GIS data analysis and mapping. Amanda believes that if the plan doesn’t work, change the plan but never change the goal!

I believe... 

that as planners we cannot choose the cities that have been built before us, but we can choose the way cities are built after us.  

 

Caroline Dwyer


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Caroline Dwyer


CAROLINE DWYER, AICP

Project Manager | Durham, NC

About Caroline: 

Non-Fiction Reader, Lover of History, Crazy Cat Lady   

Education: 

BA, Environmental Design, Policy & Planning, State University of New York at Stony Brook

MA, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 

Appreciative | Compassionate | Detail-Oriented

Caroline is a Project Manager with specialized expertise in a variety of topic areas including traditional and innovative techniques for facilitating community engagement and outreach, economic development, strategic planning, small area planning, resilience, healthy cities, and local food systems. Her professional motivation is developing public engagement and outreach techniques that encourage and support the participation of underrepresented residents and community stakeholders. Caroline is an expert communicator, and is currently serving a three year term as the Director of Communications for the American Planning Association’s Women and Planning Division Executive Committee. Caroline is trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution, making her an excellent facilitator for public engagement in highly diverse communities.

My philosophy Is... 

“In the absence of conviction, I’ve come to terms with the fact that uncertainty is an inescapable corollary of life. An abundance of mystery is simply part of the bargain— which doesn’t strike me as something to lament. Accepting the essential inscrutability of existence, in any case, is surely preferable to its opposite: capitulating to the tyranny of intransigent belief.”

- Jon Krakauer

Chris Sinclair


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Chris Sinclair


CHRIS SINCLAIR

Founding Principal | Tampa, FL

About Chris: 

Grandad/Dad/Husband, Musician, Sailor

Education: 

BA, Urban Affairs, Virginia Tech

MS, Urban & Regional Planning, Florida State University

Curious | Creative | Problem-Solving

Chris has more than 35 years of experience managing a variety of land use and transportation planning projects. As the firm’s founding owner, he has served as the visionary leader committed to advancing the state of planning practice through integrated planning methods and models.

Chris has worked with federal, regional, and local agencies. He has managed large-scale master plans, transportation studies, comprehensive plan updates, MPO long range transportation plan updates, mobility fee, impact fee, and fiscal impact studies. He is well versed in a wide range of planning tools and methods, including land use models, travel demand models, traffic operations software and fiscal impact models. Examples of his range of innovative work include the recently completed the Multimodal Performance Measure Research and Innovation Plan for the Federal Highway Administration and the North Ranch Sector Plan covering nearly 200,000 acres in Central Florida.

My philosophy is...

Just like the natural environment, cities are complex, emergent systems. I’ve come to understand that planning in such complex settings requires the ability to simultaneously pay attention to the forest and the trees by avoiding the temptation to look at every tree; rather to find and focus on those trees having the greatest influence on the forest. It also requires planners to simultaneously consider the interplay between the major systems within the overall city system. New theories such as emergent complexity are giving us a fresh new way to look at and plan for cities in an integrated way.

Dan Hardy


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Dan Hardy


DAN HARDY, PE, PTP

Managing Principal | Arlington, VA

About Dan: 

Inquisitive, Positive, Husband,
Dad, Sunsets, Sabrmetrician,
Phillies fan

Education: 

BS, Civil Engineering, Michigan State University

MS, Civil Engineering, Michigan State University

Bio:

Dan Hardy is a managing principal with Renaissance and has experience in developing transportation solutions that balance transportation and land use options to optimize multimodal travel demand and transportation network services in congested communities. 

Prior to joining Renaissance, Dan served as the Transportation Planning Chief for the Montgomery County Planning Department. Dan managed a 15-person Transportation Planning Division responsible for transportation elements of countywide growth policies, master plans, and development review cases in a rapidly growing county of nearly one million residents with high expectations for involvement in decision making. His expertise includes both developing and applying growth management policies and practices.

My philosophy...

One of the things I love about being a transportation planner is that everyone is a stakeholder. We all need to go places, we all need things delivered to us, and everyone has creative ideas about how their traveling needs would best be served. Travel patterns are also influenced by the systems we engineer for them; traffic (across all modes) is essentially fluid flow with attitude. 

The challenge for the planner is to assemble the thousands of individual behaviors and desires into a collective narrative and help decision makers understand how the story can be written to have a happier ending. Progressive policies, services, and infrastructure are all complementary tools in the toolbox for building, and sustaining, great communities. Sometimes you actually have a nail and should use the proverbial hammer, other times you might want the pen. The emergence of sustainability as a formal paradigm in the planning arena is a welcome reminder that long-range economic, environmental, and equity considerations should all be balanced in picking the right set of tools.

Dave Nelson


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Dave Nelson


DAVID NELSON, RLA

Project Manager | Orlando, FL

About David: 

Problem Solver, Sports Fanatic, Music Junkie 

Education: 

BLA, Landscape Architecture, University of Georgia

Creative | Logical | Versatile

David is a registered landscape architect with over 34 years of planning and design experience, mostly involving land development consulting and engineering project support. David’s background has given him extensive supervisory, professional, technical, and administrative skills.

David’s job responsibilities have included master planning and development for projects including the design of recreational facilities; golf course planning, routing and design; development of multi-use PUDs, including mixed-use traditional neighborhood development (TND) and transit-oriented development (TOD); single/multi-family residential developments; trail routing; transit routing; sustainability planning; feasibility studies and layouts for commercial and industrial office parks; wayfinding and signage plans; landscape and hardscape design; entitlements and permitting; eminent domain analysis; soil erosion and sedimentation control planning; and construction coordination. 

My philosophy is... 

“The question isn't ‘what are we going to do?’ The question is ‘what aren't we going to do?’” - Ferris Bueller

Frank Kalpakis


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Frank Kalpakis


FRANK KALPAKIS, AICP

Managing Principal | Tampa, FL

About Frank: 

Driven, Thoughtful, Realist, Listener, Family, Fisherman, Cajun

Education: 

BA, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

MA, Urban and Regional Planning, University of New Orleans

Bio:

Frank Kalpakis is a managing principal with Renaissance. He has an in-depth knowledge of the federal and state transportation planning processes. Frank’s experience covers a wide range of transportation, land use, and resource preservation initiatives including long-range transportation plans, vision plans, mobility management processes, transit planning and transit-oriented development, comprehensive plans, corridor studies, freight movement studies, environmental streamlining and preservation, and public involvement. He gives particular attention to developing multimodal transportation solutions that serve both regional demands for commuters and freight transport and local demands for travel convenience and accessibility. 

I believe...

that there is a great demand for honest work, creativity and simplicity, in that order…and that elegant, simple solutions are mostly the result of a collection of good and not so good ideas— both are needed.

Gastonia Anderson


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Gastonia Anderson


gastonia anderson

Senior Planner | Miami, FL

About Gastonia: 

Cosmetologist, Entrepreneur, Southern Belle

Education: 

Master of Public Administration, Troy University

BS, Business Administration, University of West Florida

Creative | Problem-Solving | Resourceful

Gastonia Anderson is a senior planner in Renaissance’s Miami office. Gastonia is a transportation-oriented planner with MPO/TPO and local government finance experience. Prior to joining Renaissance, Gastonia was a budget officer for the City of Pensacola and she has also provided support to Metropolitan Planning Organizations as well as coordinating the Transportation Improvement Programs in both Northwest Florida and the Greater Philadelphia region. She has experience in analytical research, public involvement and outreach, Title VI, project priorities, and ArcGIS.  

Gastonia's hobbies are extensive, but at the top of the list are traveling and baking. Her skills and interests are unlimited, but her favorites include event planning, networking, building databases and websites, marketing, creating hair styles, and assisting others using her talents.

I believe...

“God gave you two ends… success depends on which end you use: heads you win, tails you lose.”

- Dr. Tonie Anderson-Steele

Glen Duke


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Glen Duke


GLEN DUKE

Founding Owner, Technical Manager | Orlando, FL

About Glen: 

Trouble Shooter, Ultimate Frisbee Enthusiast, Dog Lover 

Education: 

BA, Geography, University of South Florida

Curious | Loyal | Kind

Glen is the Renaissance information technology manager. He also has more than 23 years of experience working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications, mapping and database-related work. Glen specializes in land use and transportation-related analysis involving multiple types of datasets to quantify and effectively display geographic and socioeconomic relationships. 

I believe... 

A map is worth a thousand pictures.

Hunter McKibben


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Hunter McKibben


HUNTER MCKIBBEN, PLA, ASLA

Designer | Tampa, FL 

About Hunter: 

Design Geek, Cat Mom, Francophile     

Education:

BA, Landscape Architecture, Specialization in Urban Design & Planning, University of Florida

Compassionate | Creative | Fun

Hunter McKibben serves as Designer with Renaissance. She has nine years of experience in the landscape architecture and planning professions. Hunter focuses on providing graphic, written, and technical support for a variety of projects led by Renaissance. Her experience includes urban and community master planning, transportation oriented development design, and corridor planning. Hunter strives to synthesize and communicate innovative planning concepts into compelling implementation guidelines and actions.

I believe… 

...the most meaningful parts of life are found in our shared experiences. To have the ability to create the spaces for these moments, realized or unrealized, is awesome.

Jessica Benge


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Jessica Benge


Jessica Benge

Marketing & Proposal Coordinator | Tampa, FL

About Mia: 

Globetrotter, Wordsmith, Yogi

Education: 

BA, English, Marywood University

Certificate in Meeting & Event Planning, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Transparent | Organic | Productive

Jessica is based in Tampa and serves as Renaissance’s marketing and proposal coordinator. With eight years of diversified experience in communications, sales, and marketing, Jessica manages the firm’s proposal development and marketing materials, oversees its social media accounts, and provides support in a variety of firmwide business development efforts.

I believe...

that when maintaining perfection throughout the process is not our goal, we are actually unstoppable. The healthiest cultures thrive because they elevate authenticity, empathy, and courage over flawlessness. Ideas win, not egos, and thinking outside the box is encouraged and celebrated. If we’re not afraid of the process, or of the vulnerabilities it often reveals, we will ultimately, inevitably, stand in awe of the product.

Jessica Romeo


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Jessica Romeo


JESSICA ROMEO 

Chief Financial Officer | Orlando, FL 

About Jessica: 

Fun loving, Loyal, Persistent, Collaborative, Sister, Aunt

Education: 

BS, Accounting, University of Florida

Bio:

Jessica brings over 10 years in accounting. She manages Renaissance's finance and accounting department and has a degree in accounting from the University of Florida. 

I believe.. 

...without risk, there is no reward! 

Joel Lehman


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Joel Lehman


JOEL LEHMAN

Planner | Philadelphia, PA

About Joel: 

Thoughtful, Curious, Problem Solver, Cyclist, Hiker, Traveler

Education: 

BS, Communications, Eastern Mennonite University

Master of Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia

Bio:

Joel is a planner at Renaissance. He received a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning degree from the University of Virginia School of Architecture, where he focused on transportation and land use. At Renaissance, Joel has worked on a variety of projects, including state department of transportation needs assessments, state highway context classification efforts, small area plans with focuses in land use and transportation, placemaking workshops, and the utilization of online tools including interactive mapping and surveys for web-based community engagement. Outside of professional planning, Joel loves exploring cities, discovering new hiking and mountain biking trails, and enjoying good company and food along the way.

I believe...

…that by bringing people, ideas and tools together, planners are uniquely situated to help communities envision, craft and implement plans and policies that help them become better places for everyone.

Kate Ange


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Kate Ange


KATE ANGE, AICP

President, CEO | Arlington, VA

About Kate: 

Optimist, Connector, Chief of center, Organic, Inspired, Family, Glue, Coffee anyone?   

Education: 

BA, Environmental Studies, Rollins College

MA, Urban & Environmental Planning, University of Virginia

Bio:

Kate Ange is the president of Renaissance Planning. Kate’s project experiences including working at the corridor and countywide scales on visioning and scenario planning, multimodal transportation planning, community development strategic planning and public engagement. Kate excels in strategic communications and facilitation relative to framing key issues, understanding tradeoffs and identifying a consensus path forward in the development of plans and policies. She has worked with local governments, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Departments of Transportation and federal agencies to advance integrated approaches to land use, urban design and transportation in support of community livability and sustainability goals. Recent topical areas of expertise include food systems planning, transit-oriented development, scenario planning, equitable development, rural community capacity building and development of programmatic guidance and trainings.  

My belief is... 

The people we encounter, the development patterns we experience, and the ways in which we move from one place to another in a given day…these experiences shape who we are. Helping to create communities that provide opportunity, strengthen connections between people, express authenticity of place, provide transportation options, and infuse natural elements throughout—that is why I plan.

Katherine Shor


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Katherine Shor


katherine shor

Planner | Durham, NC 

About Katherine: 

Community Activist, Climber, Potter

Education: 

BA, Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Creative | Organized | Curious

Katherine Shor is a Planner and is based in the company’s Durham, NC office. Her experience includes: leading community visioning; community meeting facilitation, public engagement, and stakeholder outreach; socioeconomic data forecasting for travel demand modeling; multimodal transportation planning; and, geospatial analysis of transportation and housing. She excels in working with diverse stakeholders, across the public and private sector, to cultivate solutions to complex problems. An alumnus of the Racial Equity Institute, Katherine is committed to planning with a racial equity lens. Katherine is trained in community engagement, collective visioning, and interviewing techniques; she also has experience with ArcGIS, STATA, social media platforms, and Microsoft Office Suite. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Matthew Pleasant


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Matthew Pleasant


Matthew Pleasant

Planner | Tampa, FL

About Matthew: 

Passionate, Curious, Action-Oriented, Bike Commuter, Believer in Change

Education: 

BA, English, University of South Florida

Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of South Florida

Bio:

Matthew Pleasant is a planner in the Tampa office. He has provided research, data collection and GIS support for a variety of projects, including the creation of Hillsborough County’s Vision Zero action plan, Tampa’s Riverwalk, the Selmon Greenway annual performance measurement, and both of the EPA's Health Places for Healthy People and Local Foods, Local Places programs. His planning work is driven by an interest in the forces that shape a city, neighborhood or block and how we can make these places thrive. Prior to joining Renaissance, he worked as a journalist in central Florida and south Louisiana. His coverage included the impact of the 2008 hurricanes Gustav and Ike and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on small bayou communities.

I believe...

we should love where we live.

Nick Lepp


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Nick Lepp


NICK LEPP, AICP, CTP

Principal | Orlando, FL 

About Nick: 

Father, Red Soxs Fanatic, Golfer, Direct
Confident, Laid back        

Education: 

BA Political Science, Environmental Inquire Minor, Penn State University

MA Urban & Environmental Planning, University of Virginia

Bio:

Nick Lepp is a Principal at Renaissance Planning with over 13 years of experience in integrated land use and transportation planning, with a focus on practical, results-oriented approaches to land use planning, policy planning, multimodal planning, corridor studies, development review, transportation analysis and long range planning. He is a responsive and service-oriented project manager who has demonstrated the ability to thoroughly understand local community issues, context, and perspectives as a framework for development of transportation systems. He uses his knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to work with Renaissance’s own community-based land-use planning model CorPlan, and multimodal sketch planning Tool CorMap with Florida Standard Urban Transportation Model Structure (FSUTMS) CUBE Software to evaluate scenarios based on performance measures developed for the context of the community.

I believe... 

...that numbers speak louder than words, baseball is the greatest game on earth, and the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

Nicole Estevez


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Nicole Estevez


NICOLE ESTEVEZ, AICP

Project Manager | Miami, FL 

About Nicole: 

Creative, Tactful, Perceptive,
Analytical, Espresso drinker  

Education: 

BA, Urban & Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University

MA, Urban & Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University

Bio:

Nicole is a project manager in Renaissance’s Miami office. She provides research, writing, technical, and graphic support for a variety of projects led by Renaissance. Prior to joining Renaissance, Nicole was a Project Manager at the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions at Florida Atlantic University, where she contributed towards numerous, interdisciplinary research endeavors. Her experience includes a strong background in analytical research, GIS data analysis and mapping, public involvement, visual communications and strategic design.

I believe… 

“When you first start off trying to solve a problem, the first solutions you come up with are very complex, and most people stop there. But if you keep going, and live with the problem and peel more layers of the onion off, you can often times arrive at some very elegant and simple solutions.”

– Steve Jobs

Renee Kinney


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Renee Kinney


renee kinney

Program Management Specialist | Miami, FL

About Renee: 

Amazon Shopper,  Caregiver, Country Girl Turned Suburb Dweller

Education: 

BA, Psychology, Northwestern College

Direct | Grateful | Healthy

Renee brings over 30 years of experience in grants management and service and leadership in youth development. She has strong experience in data collection, internal audits, and developing plans, policies and procedures that comply with various types of national standards and requirements. She has also led teams responsible for preparing funding audits and site visits, as well as conducted audits of subcontracted programs as a lead federally-funded agency. She most recently served as Director of Compliance and Reporting for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, leading a grant writing team that successfully secured three grants totaling $2.5 million in federal funds. At Renaissance she works primarily on 5310 vehicle compliance with the Florida Department of Transportation. She also helps with technical assistance, community planning, and community development initiatives.

I believe… 

Everything I do impacts our children. That’s my “why”…

Rob P


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Rob P


ROBERT PIATKOWSKI

Planner | Miami, FL

About Rob: 

Traveler, Backpacker, Cities
New Jersey, Figure ground, Urbanism, Mountains, Open minded, Yellow jacket           

Education: 

BS, Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

MA, City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Bio:

Rob is a planner with Renaissance. His passion is the intersection of urban design and transportation, developed through a series of design studios along with his background in civil engineering. Always with an eagerness to learn and explore, Rob has spent time in China studying and working on urban design issues as well as researched low-carbon urban form.  Prior to joining Renaissance, Rob worked for a Regional Planning Commission and Metropolitan Planning Organization in New Hampshire where his design and engineering skills were applied to a variety of projects.  

I believe... 

... the best way to understand a city is to wander its streets, meet its people, and eat its food. Much about a place and its history can be discovered by taking in all that is possible about its form and the bits and pieces which make it up – unveiling the influences of those who came before and their culture. The same can be said about food! 

Scott Sinclair


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Scott Sinclair


SCOTT SINCLAIR

Business Manager | Orlando, FL

About Scott: 

Dad, Cube, Systematized,
Lacrosse, Sports trivia,
Superstitious, Magic, Bucs and Noles          

Education: 

BS, Geography, Florida State University 

Bio

Scott Sinclair serves as business manager at Renaissance. He excels at technical analysis and has a keen focus on practical, results-oriented approaches. Scott serves as the Business Systems Manager, where he is responsible for developing and managing the internal/external processes in the following areas: Project and contract administration, SharePoint development and implementation, and business administration.

My philosophy is... 

"If you’re going to have a party, make sure you book a band and not a DJ." 

Ysela Llort


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Ysela Llort


YSELA LLORT

Managing Principal | Miami, FL

About Ysela: 

Collaborative, consensus builder, driven to understand, driven to solve, enthusiastic mentor             

Education: 

BS, Economics & Anthropology, Duke University

Master of Planning, Clemson University 

Bio:

Ysela has a diverse background as a planner and brings over 30 years of leadership experience working with DOT’s and Transit Agencies. She oversaw Miami-Dade’s transportation transit system as the county’s Transit Director from 2011 to 2015 and is credited with establishing the metro’s Orange Line to Miami international Airport, strengthening Miami-Dade Transit's partnership with the Federal Government and restoring commitment to transit. She also served with the Florida and Virginia DOTs, establishing leadership and direction in the development of multimodal plans and programs as well as planning and operations programs.

Ysela has been recognized nationally by the National Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) as well as by Cien Latinos/Hispano’s de Miami-Dade for her transportation work in the state of Florida. She is also an active member of TRB and the National Academy of Science and Engineering. 

I believe... 

...the built environment lasts lifetimes— often centuries. It’s critical that communities grow in ways that enrich people's lives. 

I get energized from collaborating with people to find practical solutions to the complex problems that enable such places to be.