Katie Wertz is a senior associate with Greenstreet Ltd., an Indianapolis-based strategic planning and real estate practice. Her responsibilities include internal and external project management, research and analysis, strategic planning, graphic design as well as representing the firm in their various community-based initiatives.
With experience in consulting, community development and real estate development, Katie brings a unique perspective to the planning process; one that integrates traditional planning with market-based tactics that allows for realistic, achievable actions to be developed. As the economic development manager for a local community development corporation, Katie managed a variety of projects ranging traditional business attraction/retention efforts; evaluation of potential funding tools, such as an Economic Improvement District (EID) and feasibility analyses of potential projects including the reuse of a former nursing home.
In her previous consulting work Katie managed numerous planning and redevelopment efforts across the country, ranging from small rural towns to some of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States. As the firm’s senior project manager, she directed teams of planners, developers and analysts to craft tailor-made solutions to complex redevelopment issues.
At Greenstreet, Katie has led a variety of TOD-related projects for the firm including an analysis to understand the availability and need for affordable housing proximate to Indianapolis’ BRT lines; the impacts of zoning around potential BRT station areas in Indianapolis; and the creation of the City’s first MU-3 Village Plan for the Near North area.
Katie currently serves on the Board of Directors for Midtown Indianapolis, a community development organization actively working to attract and support meaningful economic opportunities for the diverse neighborhoods that make up Midtown. She recently acted as one of APA National’s Ambassadors, allowing her to work with recent immigrants and refugees on topics related to planning and community engagement. She volunteers with Indiana State Fairgrounds Community Engagement, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Near North Development Corporation, Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation, Gleaners Food Bank, Seven Steeples Farm, and Paws to Think – a canine-assisted therapy organization.
Key Projects: Equitable Transit Oriented Development Strategy – Indianapolis, IN
Economic Case for TOD – Indianapolis, IN
TOD Prioritization – Indianapolis, IN
Analysis of Risk and Prioritization of Station Area Land Use – Indianapolis, IN
Near North Future Development Plan – Indianapolis, IN
Indy Gateway ULI Technical Assistance Panel – Indianapolis, IN
Neighborhood Investment Strategy – Indianapolis, IN
IU Health Anchor District Strategy and Master Plan – Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis Regional Housing Analysis – Indianapolis, IN
Plainfield Housing Analysis – Plainfield, IN
Noblesville Housing Analysis – Noblesville, IN