FORT WAYNE, Indiana (ADAMS) – The City of Fort Wayne Community Development Division Neighborhood Planning and Activation Administrator has been selected to attend the 14th Annual Vanguard Conference in El Paso, Texas .
Dan Baisden will attend a three-day series of presentations, workshops and neighborhood tours that will cover a variety of topics including food security, affordable housing, equitable public space and community engagement. Only 44 people were selected to attend the conference, from a diverse pool of applicants from around the world. Ten Vanguards hail from the Midwest region, and Baisden is Fort Wayne’s first Vanguard since the program’s inception.
Vanguard was launched by Next City, a media outlet with a non-profit model. Next City uses solutions-based journalism to empower communities and their leaders with the knowledge and connections to reimagine cities as places liberated from economic, environmental and racial justice.
The City released the following:
Baisden leads a task force that serves Fort Wayne residents by meeting regularly with neighborhood associations across the city to collaborate on creating short- and long-term solutions for neighborhood improvement. There are nearly 500 identified neighborhoods across the city. The Neighborhood Planning and Activation Task Force partners with residents to support the creation of new neighborhoods and help rebuild neighborhoods that need help.
Baisden’s background includes a wide range of experiences in community development, including civic engagement, nonprofit leadership, grant writing, administration, and organizational leadership.
Prior to assuming his role as Administrator of Neighborhood Planning and Activation for the city in November 2021, Baisden worked for the City of Kalamazoo, Michigan, as a Neighborhood Activator where he oversaw planning and the implementation of projects for more than 20 neighborhoods. He also worked for the City of Fort Wayne as an urban planner and was responsible for leading the Fort Wayne Public Art Commission and assisting with neighborhood planning.
The Vanguard Conference will take place October 24-27. Private funding covers Baisden’s participation costs.