Jacob Kain was hired as the City’s Director of Planning and Community Development in June 2022. He also serves as the staff liaison to the City’s Planning Commission, Housing Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals.
Kain joins the City on June 20 as director of planning and community development. Kain holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hope College and a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida. Kain has worked in the field of planning and land use since 2009. Previously he held the positions of research assistant at the University of Florida, senior planner for the City of Gainesville, FL, and for the past seven years served as the assistant director of community services & economic development for the City of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. In addition to leading the planning department for the City of Mt. Pleasant, Kain oversaw the Parks and Recreation department and various economic development initiatives for the City. Kain was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Florida and currently leads professional development and training programs for the Michigan Association of Planning.