ABOUT US

Welcome to Reveille, a provider of custom planning, design, and economic development services. Since 1998, Reveille has evolved into a consortium of professionals that practice in fields geared toward making our planned and built environments more sustainable, prosperous, and enjoyable.

We Plan with Economic Development in Mind

Our practical knowledge in both the planning and economic development realms have helped our communities in creating and retaining jobs, and in obtaining grants and other funding resources necessary with Plan Implementation.

We Bring Your Plan to Life

The near century of combined experience aids tremendously in minimizing the plans we develop from “sitting on the shelf”. We tactfully recommend only the most effective and cost-effective implementation tools for your officials to pursue. Beyond the completion of the Plan, our team helps a community strategize on how to best pursue various funding sources and partnerships to begin the implementation portion of the Plan. Our Team has assisted clients and communities secure over $100 Million in grants/loans and partnerships to bring projects to life.

Vast Experience in the Public Forum

Our Team has countless hours of interviewing and surveying the most world’s most diverse audiences. We understand the importance of understanding the environs we plan. Not only will we survey your community, but we’ll embrace every level of human activity in your community, from attending community events to public meetings. This level of interaction is absolutely needed for an innovative plan to be adopted and implemented.

Meet the Team

Glenn Grisdale AICP, GISP

Principal | Planning | Economic Development

In the last 20 years, Glenn has been immersed in almost every aspect of community development, from developing plans for large suburban counties and assisting Fortune 500 companies with economic incentives to developing zoning resolutions for small rural townships, and everything in between. A decorated combat veteran, Glenn is a member of several boards and organizations including the American Institute of Certified Planners, The GIS Certification Institute, and the International Economic Development Council.

He is currently the economic development consultant for a variety of cities in Ohio. His unconventional approach to planning and embracing the public has been touted by many as a fresh new perspective that’s much needed in the profession. He holds two degrees, including a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Bowling Green University and is triple certified in planning, GIS, and economic development finance.

JD Orr

Principal Designer | Visual Preference Expert

JD’s 40 years of design experience provides the Reveille Team with community branding, design concepts, design refinement studies, and sketch rendering studies that transform ideas into visualized, implementable projects. Making ideas visual is a vital component in promoting innovative land usage and development today, as well as helpful in building general public consensus.

Jim is a former 12-year Director of Design-North America for General Motors assigned to the Corvette design staff and a graduate of Center for Creative Design located in Detroit, Michigan. He is also the founder of the International Center for Creativity affiliated with Cedarville University and the Advanced Formations Design Group, located in Columbus, Ohio.

Tom Lemon AICP

Principal | Planning

Tom has over 30 years of experience in planning and zoning the public realm, most recently as the former director of the Toledo Lucas County Plan Commissions serving a population of 450,000. At Reveille, Tom’s leadership is responsible for technical assistance for a variety of planning and community/economic development services that Reveille provides to local governments, including assistance in developing comprehensive plans and zoning.

Tom assists organizations and other entities in facilitating their land use plans and initiatives, and currently works for the American Planning Association. Tom previously served as an instructor for the Michigan State University and University of Toledo urban planning programs. He holds a Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in business from Michigan State University.

Ben Kenny

Economic Development | Planning

Over the last 34 years, Ben Kenny has witnessed almost every aspect of the community development field—from directing a rural, four county Council of Governments to spearheading a small town planning process at WSOS CAC called “Project Good START” that was implemented in over 50 rural communities in five states. Ben has authored or co-authored numerous land use, comprehensive, downtown revitalization, and economic development plans at the county, municipality, and township level, helped local governments obtain federal and state funding for projects ranging from industrial park infrastructure to a career education center, and helped create and operate five county-and city-wide business revolving loan funds.

Ben received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kenyon College, and a Master’s of City andRegional Planning degree from The Ohio State University. He is currently serving or has served on boards of the Ohio Finance Fund, Huron County Economic Development Council, Downtown Fremont (Ohio), and Enrichment Services of Huron County.

Tom Blaha

Principal | Economic Development

Tom’s leadership is critical is providing guidance to many of Reveille’s clients in the economic development realm. Tom has over 30 years of applied economic development experience. As the executive director of the Wood County Economic Development Commission, he was responsible for attracting more than $3 billion in private sector industrial investment, creating or retaining more than 7,000 jobs in a rural county with a population of 120,000. These accomplishments were recognized by the Ohio Development Association with their prestigious “Red Carnation Award,” and by Moody’s Investors’ Services through elevating the county bond rating from A to AA. He has worked closely with the Ohio Governor’s Office, Ohio Department of Development, and Ohio regional economic development groups in trade missions to: Canada, Japan, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.

Tom holds two degrees, including a Master’s degree in economics and geography. He is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and is a member of several national economic development organizations. He is the past president of NORED, a 10-county regional economic development group, and most recently assisted Fulton County, Ohio in the formation of the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation.