Della Rucker writes, talks to people, gives advice (some of which is wanted), and helps people figure out how to change their community to deal with new economic realities. She also drives children to band practice. A lot.
Della has provided consulting services for local governments, nonprofits and property owners for about 20 years. She specializes in two areas: planning for economic revitalization, and constructive public engagement. In her head, those two things fit together. For some people, they don’t.
She has worked in both capacities in about half of the U.S., in environments ranging from the very urban to the very rural. She has managed development of fiscal impact models, led contentious public meetings, pushed committees through hard choices and listened to the fears and frustrations of hundreds of public servants and dedicated advocates. She has also written and/or managed production of pretty much everything from comprehensive plans to heritage tourism brochures.
Della is one of about 10 private sector persons in the United States to hold the industry-standard professional certifications in both planning (AICP) and economic development (CEcD). Which means that she’s nuts.
At various points in her life, Della has been an English teacher, a Main Street program charter board member, a historic preservation consultant, a small town journalist, and the girl behind the counter at the license bureau. She is also currently the Managing Editor of EngagingCities, an online magazine that focuses on the intersection between internet technologies and community engagement, and a regular contributor to PlannersWeb, the former Planning Commissioner’s Journal. She also produces podcasts and videocasts for the Wise Economy Workshop, EngagingCities and PlannersWeb.
Della speaks regularly and enthusiastically on a variety of topics at seminars, conferences, events and Little League fundraisers, although the last one doesn’t happen very often. Little League fields are very dusty. So she will probably be glad to speak at your event if it’s in a place where she can breathe.
Della is a native of Bedford, Ohio. She holds an undergraduate degree in secondary education from Northwestern University in Chicago, and a Master of Community Planning with a concentration in Economic Development from the University of Cincinnati. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two sons, two sailboats, assorted cold-blooded creatures courtesy of Son #2, and a psychological-baggage-laden rescue Laborador retriever.