November 4, 2017
1 Day Workshop
Cultivating Strong Towns workshop – with Special guests Chuck Marohn & Monte Anderson
Putting Strong Towns & incremental development principles into practice. Join us for a one-day crash course on practical first steps to overcoming the status quo and growing community capital.
What we'll be covering:
- Building Strong Towns
- ROI-based planning
- Incremental development through small projects
- Neighborhood cultivation and becoming a small developer
- Local workforce development and apprenticeship programs
- Economic gardening
- Tactical activation and citizen engagement
- The new government model: Syncing and simplifying plans, codes, internal development processes/policies
November 3, 2017
Strong Towns North Texas Meetup
The CULTIVATE! team hosted this meetup for Strong Towns members in North Texas, as Chuck Marohn was in town for our Cultivating Strong Towns Workshop.
November 3, 2017
APA Session – MONEY HALL: USING ROI & LONG-TERM FINANCIAL MODELING TO EVALUATE DECISIONS
Kevin co-presented this 202 session at APATX17.
As cities approach buildout, leaders must make difficult decisions about where to invest limited infrastructure dollars. While there is pressure to add rooftops and new businesses, this option does not always consider long-term service cost impacts. This session will show how analyzing the issues from a cost-benefit perspective can help decision makers to better understand the revenues and service costs of various options. Attendees will learn about tools that can be applied to comprehensive planning, budgeting, development analysis, and CIP development to promote fiscal sustainability.
Speakers: Kevin Shepherd, PE, ENV-SP; Felix Landry, AICP (Urbex Solutions); Michael Kovacs, Justin Weiss, & Will Rugeley (City of Fate)
November 2, 2017
APA Session – Strategies to Cultivate Unique & Resilient Economies & Communities
Members of CULTIVATE! presented this 202 session at APATX17.
Cities throughout Texas are competing to recruit new businesses and a diverse workforce while also trying to address housing gaps, revitalize older neighborhoods, and build unique downtowns. This session will show how to apply Strong Towns development strategies, incremental/small development, and innovative workforce development and apprenticeship programs to grow unique and self-sustaining local economies and communities.
Speakers: Kevin Shepherd, PE, ENV-SP; Monte Anderson, Options Real Estate; Amanda Popken; Matt Lewis
October 25, 2017
Strong Towns Members Webcast – 'How do you cultivate a Strong Town?'
Cultivators Kevin Shepherd, Matt Lewis, Amanda Popken, and Jordan Clark presented a preview of the Cultivating Strong Towns Workshop for Strong Towns members. Watch a recording of the webcast!
Business as usual — in our neighborhoods, our governments, our towns — is broken. This webcast walks you through five areas you can focus on to shake the status quo, whether you're an elected official, a community activist, a planner, or anyone else who cares about building strong towns.
September 26, 2017
I.T.E. Webinar – Street Space: Not just for Moving Cars
Matt Lewis was one of three panelists on Part 2 of the Institute for Transportation Engineers' (ITE) "Creating Great Communities through Transportation; Not Transportation through Communities" webinar series.
Sprawling, auto-centric development patterns following WWII caused people to want to drive through Main Streets instead of going to them. Auto-centric city streets cause congestion and crashes and encourage dependence on auto-transportation. We need to steer clear of trying to build our way out of congestion with bigger, wider, and faster intersections and roadways. Instead, we need to focus on making streets safe for all modes of transport. Transportation professionals will learn about successful strategies to repurpose street space that accommodates all the various demands for use- cars, transit, parking, bikes, goods delivery, place-making.
Facilitator: Bryan Jones | Speakers: Matt Lewis, Matt Norris, Larry Marcus, and Daniel Ashworth
September 12, 2017
I.T.E. Webinar – Starting the Conversation: Transportation as Art & Science
Kevin Shepherd was one of three panelists on Part 1 of the Institute for Transportation Engineers' (ITE) "Creating Great Communities Through Transportation; Not Transportation Through Communities" webinar series.
Our streets and can be beautiful experiences in their own way. We can achieve this by focusing more on facilitating civic participation and creating a sense of pride for a community through our designs. Streets can connect people, not just function as a means of transporting people and goods from A to B, but become places where people intuitively want to stay longer. Places that are desirable, attractive, welcoming, safe and comfortable, encourage people to linger, to socialize, and experience the unique culture and character of a community. Transportation professionals interested in creating healthy, vibrant spaces should consider increasing the use of public art in design, especially art made by local people that will reflect local cultural or history. This webinar will bring together a diverse panel of disciplines to discuss the balance between art and science, as it relates to street design and human well-being.
Facilitator: Bryan Jones | Speakers: Kevin Shepherd, Todd Litman, and James Dougherty