Ms. Kimberly Van Dyk serves as the director of the Planning and Community Revitalization Department for the City of Wilson, North Carolina. Her department is charged with long-range planning, center city revitalization, historic preservation, community development, and downtown development. In conjunction, she serves as the in-kind executive director for Wilson Downtown Development Corporation, which, along with the City of Wilson, works on land use, parking management, property redevelopment, creative placemaking, business recruitment and retention, public and private infrastructure improvement, historic preservation, marketing, and special events for Historic Downtown Wilson. Ms. Van Dyk has over twenty-five years of experience in downtown development, neighborhood business district development, community development, and planning. Recently, one of her major projects, the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, was completed. This nationally acclaimed project has leveraged tens of millions in investment in Historic Downtown Wilson and has helped lead the community down an exciting new innovation path in arts and technology. Ms. Van Dyk holds a Master of Public Administration, a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit and Government Leadership and Administration, and undergraduate degrees, all from Western Michigan University.