About Us

Community. Image. Builders.

CIB delivers the most creative, strategic team for the success of your project, providing you an extensive network of professionals led by industry experts. Together, our firm provides the range of expertise and innovation necessary to create powerful and authentic community-wide solutions.

Experts who’ve been there. Advice you can rely on. Strategies That Work.

Carmine Avantini, AICP

Carmine specializes in community planning, zoning, public involvement, economic development, downtown planning, small town development, site redevelopment, and project implementation. He works with a wide range of municipalities to find creative solutions to challenging development issues and sees them through to implementation; recognizing that projects are not truly completed until construction is finished.

Carmine is also active in the preparation and implementation of several redevelopment strategies and projects including the Wixom Village Center Area (VCA); the Downtown Fenton Redevelopment Plan including removal of the pedestrian mall and re-opening of the street; the Pointe South Redevelopment plan in Jasper County, South Carolina; and redevelopment of the former Ford Wixom Assembly Plant into a mixed-use commercial, industrial, office and R&D center.

Prior to starting CIB Planning, Carmine was a co-founder of LSL Planning, the Director of Planning and Community Development for Utica, NY, Executive Director of the Herkimer County, NY, Development Corporation and City Planner for Rome, NY. He also worked as a Project Manager with CRM Commercial Properties where he was responsible for the redevelopment of two different former industrial complexes into mixed- use facilities.


Kelly McIntyre, AICP

For almost 20 years, Kelly has worked to listen, understand, educate, and coalesce citizens’ and communities’ needs and desires for the use and implementation of land.

Kelly specializes in community planning, zoning, public involvement, and planning administration. She works with municipalities to identify needs, resources and problems and to make decisions on goals, policies, priorities, plans, programs, and methods of implementation to create a healthy, livable community. Whether “visioning” with a community, leading a development meeting, or drafting a master plan, Kelly is able to tap into her years of private and public sector experiences.

Kelly has significant experience in grant writing and management. She secured grants from People and Land grants, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Michigan Department of Transportation, Safe Routes to Schools, and Michigan State Housing and Development Authority. Kelly was instrumental in the preparation and publication of Green Communities and Redevelopment Readiness articles and accompanying workshops across the state. She developed, coordinated, and managed a basic training series for local officials in Michigan’s Cities of Promise program.

Prior to joining CIB Planning, Kelly was the Community Planning and Economic Director for the City of South Lyon, the Deputy Director for the non-profit state chapter of American Planning Association — Michigan Association of Planning, the Staff Planner for the cities of Brighton and Novi, Michigan, and consultant for LSL Planning, Inc., Royal Oak, Michigan and Land Ethics, Annapolis, Maryland and Dexter, Michigan.

Justin Sprague, AICP

Justin Sprague serves as Vice President for the CIB Planning, where he is responsible for municipal planning and zoning, economic development, corporate incentives and location support, downtown development, corridor improvement and regional economic development planning. Justin was instrumental in creating the I-69 Thumb Region “Accelerate” Economic Development Strategy and Prosperity Plan, resulting in a coordinated Federal Economic Development Strategy and State Prosperity Plan. He has developed economic development strategies for the City of Grand Blanc, Swartz Creek, Laingsburg and other Michigan municipalities.

Prior to joining CIB Planning, Justin was Director of Business Development at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce where he was responsible for business attraction projects throughout Flint & Genesee County, business retention, brownfield redevelopment, downtown investment projects and municipal collaboration projects focused around economic development. Justin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Resource Planning from the University of Michigan – Flint. 


Elena Moeller-Younger

Elena Moeller-Younger serves as the Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning for CIB Planning. Elena leads the marketing, branding, development and implementation of clients’ community image strategies. Elena focuses on assisting municipal clients developing a unique brand and communications plan to attract new investment to the community in the form of industry, housing, and tourism. She also oversees internal marketing and brand development for CIB Planning and assists with proposals, web content, social media, marketing materials and other related business development functions.

Prior to her work with CIB Planning, Elena was the Marketing Manager for CFE Media (Content for Engineers) based in Chicago, where she was responsible for the development, execution and marketing for the webinar and online education programs, and managed the comprehensive marketing program for Plant Engineering, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Control Engineering and Oil & Gas Engineering magazines, websites, and events.

Our Approach

CIB Planning is an energetic community planning consulting firm that offers a wide range of innovative planning, zoning, and development consulting services. With our broad range of expertise and commitment to quality, we are able to help you solve the challenges you face on a daily basis while keeping a long-term view toward the future.

Each of our planning and development professionals have extensive public sector experience, giving us a unique perspective not found with most firms. We are able to use this experience to implement the visions, plans, and projects that we help you create. We are not satisfied with plans that “sit on a shelf” and strive to see them through to reality.

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