Wayne Beyea is a senior specialist and faculty member of the Urban & Regional Planning Program at the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State University (MSU). He has a teaching and MSU Extension outreach appointment. Beyea has more than 25 years of experience in private and public practice leading local, regional and state initiatives focused on placemaking, urban regeneration, non-motorized transportation planning and sustainable community planning. He has been a lead instructor, training thousands of local and state officials on effective planning and zoning techniques and innovative design solutions. Beyea has been involved in more than 100 local planning and design projects using innovative participatory techniques, including the NCI Charrette System.
Beyea has been a co-principal investigator and project manager on numerous federal, state and nonprofit funded grant and contract projects, including HUD, EPA, EDA, NOAA, CDC, the Kellogg Foundation, and State transportation, economic development, community health and housing agencies. In addition, he has been instrumental in launching state and national training programs, including the award-winning Michigan Citizen Planner Program and the American Citizen Planner program, and served as founder and national leader of the USDA Cooperative Extension Land Use Planning Community of Practice through eXtension.
Beyea holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Planning from MSU, a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Maine, and a Juris Doctor Degree in Law from the MSU College of Law. He is a professionally certified community planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and a licensed attorney and certified civil mediator in the State of Michigan.