CPED staffer honored by University of Minnesota

Community Planning and Economic Development staff member Haila Maze was one of five individuals recently honored with the University of Minnesota’s Outstanding Community Service Partner Award.

The award, which was presented at a ceremony held April 23, is one of the highest honors the university gives to a community partner for service to the university and the community. Established in 1999, the award recognizes individuals who have devoted their time and talent to make substantial, enduring contributions to the community and to improving public life and the well-being of society. Their efforts have resulted in long-term and lasting changes for the public good and demonstrate an unusual commitment to the University and the greater community.

Maze was recognized for her work with the University District Alliance, a partnership of communities, learning institutions, and the City of Minneapolis that works to make the area surrounding the University’s Minneapolis campus a vibrant, safe, healthy, and sustainable place for people of all ages to live, work, learn, do business, and visit.

Maze, who earned her Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University’s Humphrey School for Public Affairs, works for the City as a Long Range Planner. Motivated by the desire to plan a sustainable future for the Twin Cities and the University of Minnesota, Maze’s work covers interdisciplinary issues and complex interactions for planning pertaining to land use, historic resources, urban design, public and traffic safety, affordable housing, regulatory enforcement, campus planning, immigrant populations, and other topics.

Maze has undertaken the complex challenge of interfacing the City of Minneapolis with the large University campus, while managing the variety of stakeholders, issues, and viewpoints. She has worked with a multitude of partners on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, engaged with the Cedar Riverside/West Bank neighborhood, and developed a joint plan for the Stadium Village area with collaboration from local community leaders, the university, and Hennepin County. Some outcomes of these collaborative processes are more complete and better integrated LRT stations, increased public infrastructure investments in the community, and increased interest and support for future community development projects.


Published May 9, 2012



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