Michael is the owner/principal of Place Dynamics LLC, specializing in business district development; market analysis and retail site selection; neighborhood planning; office and industrial park feasibility and design; and economic development strategies. With more than 20 years of professional experience, Michael has provided analysis and planning for public and private projects in 21 states, ranging from small development sites to downtown districts, up to industrial parks with investment approaching $1 billion. Michael spent more than 15 years working in local governments in Illinois, Wisconsin and Colorado before beginning a career in consulting. His background also includes work as an analyst and site selection consultant for independent and national retail chains. He holds certifications in planning and economic development and is active in several state and national professional organizations. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in urban and economic geography. He is a frequent author and speaker on community development topics.