Grand Rapids names mobile GR manager
A former West Michigander has “come home” to manage Grand Rapids’ parking and mobility strategies.
Josh Naramore has been hired as the mobile GR manager for the city of Grand Rapids.
He officially began serving in the leadership role on Feb. 8 and will transition into continuing the work of the Parking Services Department, as Pam Ritsema, managing director of enterprise services, retires next month after serving with the city for nearly 25 years.
Naramore indicated he will continue managing the parking system and then transition to implementing goals and strategies in GR Forward and the Mobile GR Priority Plan, focusing on “improving the movement throughout the whole city for everybody.”
“I am basically taking on some of those duties that she had,” Naramore said. “They are re-branding a position that has existed for a while. I am excited at the opportunity to be able to work with everyone here.”
Naramore will also transition into running the monthly Parking Commission meetings beginning next month.
Naramore has served as the transportation studies manager with the Northeastern Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency in Cleveland.
He has also served as a senior transportation planner with the Metro Regional Government in Portland, Oregon and worked as an intergovernmental specialist with the Florida Department of Transportation.
“I have lived in all different regions of the country to try to develop a lot of different experiences,” Naramore said.
Naramore has experience working on transit projects, transportation safety, parking and neighborhoods and exposure to transportation policy issues.
“I was doing a lot on the planning side and project development and then handing it off to do the implementing,” Naramore said. “I want to be more hands-on, and I think a lot of the work the City Commission and the residents of the city — in terms of creating GR Forward and embracing it with the engagement that went along with it — is very much what I would like to be doing.”
Naramore graduated from the University of Michigan and attended Indiana University’s public and environmental affairs graduate program after becoming interested in transportation while living in Georgia.
As a former resident of Spring Lake, Naramore said returning the West Michigan is like "coming home."
“It feels so great to be able to come back and not only do the work that I like, but also do the work I like in a place that I think is wonderful,” Naramore said.