Dan Gardner is a Principal at Houseal Lavigne and is recognized as a leading influencer in the field of market, economic, and fiscal analysis for his ability to strategically align public and private sector visions with market and development opportunities. Dan has overseen successful development projects throughout the country and internationally and brings over 20 years of public and private sector experience, as well as serving as an elected and appointed official in the Chicago region.

Dan received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Loyola University and a Master’s degree in public administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Houseal Lavigne, Dan held director and senior management positions with major Chicago and international development advisory firms. His professional experience has involved projects ranging from the revitalization of large urban areas in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Omaha to small rural communities, and everywhere in between. His past projects include: analyzing market potential for residential, retail, office, entertainment and industrial development; instituting economic development programs and incentives; preparing grant applications for state and federal funds; facilitating community outreach; preparing developer requests for proposals and a range of related assignments.

Dan is well versed in public speaking and meeting facilitation, having conducted hundreds of meetings throughout his professional and civic career. He routinely presents to professional organizations and serves as a guest speaker on a variety of topics related to planning and development issues. He has also authored or coauthored articles for professional publications and journals.

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