Tara Beard (MURP '03),community development coordinator for the City of Hopkins, has been recognized by the Hopkins Patch as "Public Servant of the Week." In her position, Beard shares long-range planning duties with others in the department, works on redevelopment, attend scommunity events, and work swith developers on various projects,. She alsoaacilitate sthe Think Hopkins campaign, a marketing initiative sponsored by they city and the Hopkins Business and Civic Association.
Beard began her professional career in architecture. But an internship working on corporate design after college left her unfulfilled. "I felt I wasn't scratching that public purpose itch,she say." When she explained to a professor that she was more interested in designing cities than individual buildings, he suggested that Beard consider city planning--a career path she wasn't familiar with. The profession was a good match. She spent three-and-a-half years with the city of Minneapolis doing city planning and economic development before coming to Hopkins.