The Housing Next Leadership Council has named its first director.
Holland-based Housing Next, “a cross-sector collaborative initiative,” said this month it hired Ryan Kilpatrick for the role.
The director is expected to partner with chambers of commerce, nonprofits, municipalities and the development community to increase housing availability and affordability and complete projects.
“Housing is a key economic issue in the region,” said Jennifer Owens, president, Lakeshore Advantage. “Without a diverse range of housing options at a reasonable price, our major employers will continue to struggle to attract talent into our communities.
“With Ryan in this role, we’re hopeful that we can shift the momentum, so the people who work in our communities can also afford to live here.”
Kilpatrick previously worked as a senior community assistance specialist for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, or MEDC, and is a certified planner and economic development finance professional.
He has a background in community planning, development finance and public engagement.
“It is an honor to lead this new initiative and continue to actively address the housing needs in this region,” Kilpatrick said.
Kilpatrick is a committee member for Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.’s Alliance for Investment.
He graduated in 2015 with a master of arts in design from Kendall College of Art and Design and graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in community development from Grand Valley State University.