Michaela Brocchetti is a graduate student pursuing a M.S. in the City and Regional Planning program a the Pratt Institute. She previously earned a B.S. in Political Science and Government in 2020 at SUNY Oneonta. Her concentrated research interests are in Participatory Placemaking and Economic Development as a way to strengthen communities that have historically faced disinvestment and displacement. Michaela sees placemaking as a way to utilize public space as a community asset to address local needs. Her studies focus on strategies to support small businesses and entrepreneurs as a way to encourage a resilient local economy, avoid chronic fiscal stress, and propose alternatives to risky public financing structures. Michaela is most interested in research projects involving small business development, retail development, and public space initiatives.