Community Image Builders
CIB delivers the most creative and 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.
Carmine Avantini, AICP
President & Founder
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. 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.
Partner, Vice President
Justin Sprague specializes in 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.
Partner, Director of Planning
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.
Partner, Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning
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.
Hannah Smith serves as a planner for CIB, where she works on planning, zoning, and public engagement. Hannah is a recent graduate of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program at the University of Michigan. She received her Bachelor’s from U of M in Environment & Sustainability, and worked as the Planning Assistant for the City of Novi. Her professional interests include municipal planning, sustainability-focused planning, and community engagement.
CIB 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.
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