Marty Shukert Honored as CRE Summit Hall of Fame Inductee

April 08, 2016
Community & Regional Planning

A city planner and urban designer with nearly four decades of experience, Shukert has spent his career passionately dedicated to planning excellence and innovation.

RDG Planning & Design Urban Planner and Principal Marty Shukert, FAICP was among the 2016 honorees in Omaha, Nebraska’s Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Summit Hall of Fame. Each year, the CRE Summit recognizes the outstanding men and women of the Omaha community who have made an impact on the commercial real estate industry. A city planner and urban designer with nearly 40 years of experience, Shukert has focused on various areas, including transportation, transit and trails, downtowns, housing, large-scale land use, redevelopment planning and implementation, corridor design, and wayfinding. Shukert was honored during the CRE Summit luncheon on Friday, April 8, 2016. 

As Omaha’s Planning and Community Development Director during the 1980s, he was a leading force for major downtown and neighborhood reinvestment programs, writing comprehensive plan elements, developing and implementing a zoning ordinance, and initiating the process of trail development. He then became the city’s planning director in 1983 during which time he managed major public and private development partnerships and was deeply involved in city development and policy. Shukert served as the director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic & Policy Development from 1988 to 1989, when he joined RDG’s Community and Regional Planning team.

“Marty’s unique ability to weave a community’s systems into a unified vision for the future has led to great successes for many public spaces we enjoy daily,” said RDG Managing Principal, John Sova, AIA. “Since joining RDG in 1989 he’s continued his long-standing commitment to planning excellence and innovation for planning and urban design projects throughout the Midwest.”

A strong advocate for active transportation, Shuker has served as chair of the Mayor’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, on the executive committee of Live Well Omaha Kids and the leadership committee of Activate Omaha, is a board member of the Nebraska Bicycling Alliance and is a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor. Shukert was previously recognized for his dedication to the profession in 2005 with his induction into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. His strategic housing plans have aided in the development of nearly 80 communities in eight states, and in 2010, he was inducted into the Nebraska Housing Hall of Fame in honor of his efforts to improve and promote safe and affordable housing for all Nebraskans. 

Shukert has developed several neighborhood redevelopment plans, including the North Omaha development plan, Park Avenue in Omaha, the South Omaha business district and the Northside neighborhood of North Platte, Nebraska.

Written by Erin Van Zee, Communications Director