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Jane Nicholson selected to Next City’s Vanguard program

MRB Group President Ryan Colvin, PE, announced the selection of Senior Planning Associate Jane Nicholson to Next City’s nationally-acclaimed Vanguard program for 2020 on Monday.

Next City is a journalistic non-profit, focusing on revitalization of communities around the globe, and on best practices engaged in tackling complex urban challenges. Its cornerstone Vanguard program is an annual convening of the brightest minds in community revitalization.

“We are extremely proud of Jane’s selection to this highly competitive program,” Colvin said in a press release.

The 2020 Vanguard cohort is comprised of 44 young professionals, chosen from hundreds of applicants in the fields of urban design, social equity, and philanthropy from around the world. The cohort is charged with collaborating to develop innovative responses to pressing community development challenges facing the global community.

“Within our lifetimes there won’t be a more critical time to focus on developing communities that are equitable, safe and aesthetically pleasing,” added Cecelia Thompson, executive director of Action Greensboro and organizer of the 2020 effort. “The 2020 Next City Vanguards’ expertise is what we need to help shape our nation’s cities.”

Nicholson joined MRB Group in 2019, as part of the firm’s SmarterLocalGov initiative. She spearheads MRB Group’s long-range planning and urban design practice, helping communities to define their vision, and putting actionable strategies in place to support sustainable growth and development. She is recognized by the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a Certified Flood Plain Manager. She has earned Master’s Degrees from the University of Virginia, Syracuse University, and SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

“Jane’s energy, enthusiasm, work ethic, and broad base of subject matter expertise bring tremendous value to MRB Group’s client communities,” continued Colvin.  “This accolade is recognition from peers in her field that Jane is among the best and brightest planning professionals in the nation. She is an extremely talented colleague and contributor at MRB Group.”

Vanguard 2020 will commence this September in Greensboro, North Carolina. For more information on the program, visit

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