Martin Shukert honored as CRE Summit Hall of Fame inductee
On Friday, April 8, at the 2016 Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Summit luncheon in Omaha, RDG Planning & Design Principal Martin ‘Marty’ Shukert was among the honorees inducted into the CRE Summit Hall of Fame. A city planner and urban designer with nearly 40 years of experience, Marty has spent his career passionately dedicated to planning excellence and innovation in a variety of areas including transportation, transit and trails, downtowns, housing, large-scale land use, redevelopment planning and implementation, corridor design, wayfinding, and more.
As Omaha’s Planning and Community Development Director during the 1980s, Marty was a leading force for major downtown and neighborhood reinvestment programs, writing comprehensive plan elements, developing and implementing a zoning ordinance, and beginning the process of trail development. He became the Planning Director for the City in 1983, managing major public and private development partnerships, and was deeply involved in city development and policy. From 1988 to 1989, Marty was the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic & Policy Development. Since joining RDG in 1989, he has continued his commitment to planning excellence and innovation in a wide variety of planning and urban design projects throughout the Midwest region.
A strong advocate for active transportation, Marty was chair of the Mayor’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee; served 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. Marty was recognized for his dedication to the profession in 2005 with his induction into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Marty’s innovative and 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 the efforts he has taken to improve and promote safe and affordable housing for all Nebraskans. Marty has developed several neighborhood redevelopment plans, including the North Omaha development plan, Park Avenue in Omaha, South Omaha business district, the Northside neighborhood of North Platte, Nebraska, and many others from Wisconsin to Wyoming.
Marty’s unique ability to weave a community’s systems into a unified vision for its future has led to great successes for many of the public spaces we enjoy each day.