STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES

ABOUT

JB Lafleur Consultants provides community development, planning, citizen engagement and civic leadership training and educational programs throughout Maine and the US.

Our work includes community facilitation, town planning, walkability audits and place-making training and other community assessments, as well as coaching Community Heart & Soul teams through the two-year community development process.

We also design and manage The Community Institute, a training program for community leaders, decision makers and volunteers.  













WHAT WE DO
Since 1981, we have been working with communities to engage community members in shaping their own futures. Grounded in sound planning principles, our work taps into the assets of the community, provides state-of-the-art consulting experience, and builds capacity in the community to be stronger and more resilient for the long term.

JB Lafleur Consultants provides community development, planning, citizen engagement and civic leadership training and educational programs throughout Maine and the US, including coaching Community Heart & Soul teams through the two-year community development process, and providing community facilitation, town planning, walkability audits and place-making training and other community assessments. Jane Lafleur received the Professional Planner of the Year award from the Maine Association of Planners and the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association in 2015.

2016-2017 Program Director and Senior Associate, Lift360, Portland, Maine. Through leadership programs, trainings and consulting services, Lafleur worked to strengthen leaders, organizations and communities. Services helped recipients work more efficiently, execute missions more effectively, engage the right stakeholders, and step up to leadership challenges. Responsible for program services in community development, civic engagement, and leadership trainings, including directing The Community Institute and Community Heart & Soul coaching. 

2003-2016 Executive Director, Friends of Midcoast Maine, Camden, Maine.     Non-profit, community and economic development, smart growth educational and citizen engagement organization. Responsible for educational and citizen engagement programs, collaboration with other organizations, publicity, marketing, fund-raising, financial management, and communications.

  • Developed and led new programs including The Community Institute, the Community Ambassador program, Midcoast Maine Matters, and other programs to provide technical assistance, regional collaborations and local problem solving with a focus on "building strong places, communities and leaders."
  • Project Manager for "Highway Strip Redevelopment Project" in Rockland and Rockport, Maine including community workshops, technical assistance, economic analysis and design of 1 1/2 mile commercial strip corridor addressing issues of place-making, walkability, economic feasibility, complete streets, streets as places, and right sizing roads.
  • Project Manager for the Damariscotta Heart & Soul Planning Project in partnership with the Orton Family Foundation and the Town of Damariscotta. Responsible for project management, coordination with the Advisory Committee, the Foundation and the Town of Damariscotta. (2008-2011)
  • Community Heart & Soul Coach and Trainer: Coach and trainer for community members and Heart & Soul coordinators in Maine, New Hampshire, and Ohio on the four-phase Community Heart & Soul process. Consultant to the Orton Family Foundation for program refinement, design, delivery and evaluation.

1989-2003 Planning Consultant. Consulted on land use planning, town planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning, community development and economic development.

1988-1989 Town Planner, Conway, New Hampshire.

1984-1988 City Planner, South Burlington, Vermont.

1981-1984 Community Development Specialist. Vermont, Department of Housing and Community Affairs.


EDUCATION(

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. MAster's degree in City and Regional Planning (MCRP) from Kennedy School of Government (KSG) and the Graduate School of Design (GSD).

University of Maine, Orono, ME. B.A. in Public Administration with Highest Distinction. Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Sigma Alpha Honor Societies.