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Tools & Techniques for Virtual Community Engagement
How can community leaders continue to engage stakeholders and other members of the public in important local decisions when staying safe means staying home? The MSU National Charrette Institute and the Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America are partnering to deliver a series of webinars to provide local leaders, developers and advocates with tools and examples for staying in touch, sharing ideas, and getting interactive feedback to keep critical decisions moving forward. Many of these techniques, while essential in this time of separation, have the potential to engage new, hard-to-reach segments of the community, and will be useful, even beyond this current crisis.

In this FREE June 2 webinar, hear from experts and practitioners about how a range of virtual engagement tools are being used to bring citizen stakeholders into critical public policy decision making when face-to-face engagement is not an option. Across the country, local governments are keeping the wheels of government turning with virtual platforms for polling, brainstorming and discussions, collaborative design, and public hearings. Some are finding these new methods more welcoming, making it easier for stakeholders, who previous were left out to participate. Join us for a discussion on what these platforms are how they are being used, and the promise they hold for expanding engagement in the long-term, even when face-to-face options are again possible.

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Jun 2, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jennifer Hurley, AICP, CNU-A, PP
President & CEO @Hurley-Franks & Associates
Drawing on her background in conflict resolution, Ms. Hurley has twenty years of professional expertise facilitating public involvement in planning and development issues. She has been active in the New Urbanism movement for over fifteen years, working on numerous charrettes for regional planning, downtown revitalization, traditional neighborhood development, and form-based zoning. She wrote one of the first articles chronicling the implementation of New Urbanist zoning codes, authored the SmartCode Affordable Housing Policy module, and has taught in the Growth and Structure of Cities Department at Bryn Mawr College. She is a past fellow of the Knight Program in Community Building at the University of Miami School of Architecture and is a National Charrette Institute Certified Charrette Planner™. She was Treasurer of the Congress for the New Urbanism and currently serves on the Form Based Codes Institute Resource Council and the Transect Codes Council. Ms. Hurley holds a Master of
Christina Anderson
City Planner @City of Kalamazoo
Christina Anderson, AICP is the City Planner for Kalamazoo. Prior to taking this position, Christina served as the City’s consultant for Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Master Plan process. Christina worked as a planner/urban designer with Farr Associates in Chicago focusing on sustainable development and form-based zoning codes. Christina has planning experience not only as a municipal employee and private consultant, but has also as a citizen. Christina has volunteered as a Zoning Board of Appeals member, neighborhood activities leader, community garden manager, and Master Plan task force chair. The Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) awarded Christina with the 2018 Leadership Award for Professional Planners.
Tom Evans
Executive Director @Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA)
Tom Evans has been the Executive Director of the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA) since 2013. He has led the CRA through an organizational restructuring and strategic planning process. He is now facilitating infill development projects in Kendall Square and launching new community investment initiatives citywide. Before coming to the CRA, Tom worked at MassDOT where he wrote sustainable transportation policies, notably the state’s GreenDOT Implementation Plan. Previously, Tom served as the Planning Division Manager of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, facilitating the planning, adoption, and implementation of signature revitalization plans along the southeast waterfront of San Francisco. He holds a Masters of City Planning from the University of California and a Bachelor's in Environmental Biology.