Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

(DC Metropolitan Area) Transportation Planning Board Community Leadership Institute

From email:

How are transportation decisions made in this region? How can community leaders make a difference?

The Transportation Planning Board’s Communtity Leadership Institute is designed to help community leaders figure those questions out. Over the course of three interrelated modules, the CLI aims to empower individuals to get involved in transportation decision-making whenever and where ever it occurs. 

Facilitated by Kathy Porter, current WMATA Board Member and former TPB Chair and Takoma Park Mayor, the CLI uses interactive group exercises and discussions to help participants better understand regional challenges, as well as opportunities for successful public involvement. 

At each step of the way, participants discuss ways in which the interests of their local communities connect with the planning issues facing the entire region. By providing this big-picture context, the CLI encourages participants to “think regionally and act locally.”

Specifically, the two-part workshop will focus on:
· Strategizing for change
· Innovative problem-solving in transportation and land-use planning
· Transportation project development
· Overcoming complexities in regional transportation decision-making
· Understanding the role of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board
· Dealing with growth in the Metropolitan Washington Region, and more!

Registration Information

The CLI is a free program comprised of three interrelated modules, and interested candidates must commit to attending all three sessions. Registration for the Spring 2013 CLI is open from February 20 – March 31, 2013, and interested candidates must submit a brief Statement of Interest during the registration period. For more information on the CLI, please visit the Communtity Leadership Institute webpage.

The three sessions will be held:

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 6-9pm
The Navy League Building, 2300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 6-9pm
Montgomery County Planning Department, 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 20910

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 9-2pm
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, 777 North Capital St., NE, Washington, DC 20002

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