BNIM’s Gunnar Hand announced as one of Next City’s 2015 Vanguard

Kansas City, Mo. – March 24, 2015 – BNIM announces that Gunnar Hand, AICP has been named to the 2015 Vanguard. This group, named by the international nonprofit media organization Next City, recognizes the top urban innovators under the age of 40 working to make change in cities.

Gunnar was selected for the 2015 Vanguard from over 300 high-achieving candidates hailing from many of the most influential organizations in the urban sphere.  With over 60 participants, the 2015 Vanguard will be drawn from the private sector and all levels of government, from the U.S. White House on down to the mayoral cabinets and city councils of major cities including New York, Montreal, Washington D.C., Portland and Los Angeles.

Members of the 2015 Vanguard will attend the Next City’s sixth annual Vanguard Conference in Reno, Nevada on May 6-8. The conference brings together professionals working across disciplines and sectors, and each Vanguard class includes policymakers and politicians, architects and urban planners, artists and mediamakers, all selected through a competitive application process.

Gunnar is an advocate for leading by example, building community consensus, developing a clear vision of a shared future, and then setting a course for strategic implementation to make our community better. From starting his own property reinvestment business and launching rail-based transit advocacy non-profits, to promoting energy alternatives and neighborhood beautification on various Boards, Gunnar is a problem solver who has worked to launch the South Kansas City Alliance and lead the creation of the transformKC traveling exhibition, as well as serve on the Boards of the Kansas City Public Schools, Metropolitan Energy Center and Regional Transit Alliance in the Kansas City area.

The Vanguards will convene in Reno for a three-day series of presentations, workshops and neighborhood tours organized around the theme: Tactical Growth for a Smarter Future.  Among the events at this year’s conference is the Big Idea Challenge, a design competition wherein groups of Vanguards will compete to come up with low-cost tactical urbanist interventions that could help address a challenge facing the city as it grows. The competition will end with a panel of local judges selecting one winning project to be realized in Reno. The project will leave a lasting impact on the city and create a long-term tie between our Vanguard network and the Reno community.

The full release and Vanguard 2015 Directory can be found here.