Local Government Commission

Sacramento, CA, United States


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Thursday, April 4, 2019, 4:35 p.m. CDT

Community Engagement: Getting from NIMBY to YIMBY


Very useful dialogue

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10:28 a.m. CDT

MORNING PLENARY Technology and Smart Growth: What Local Leaders Can Learn from Silicon Valley


Great presentations

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 5:05 p.m. CDT

Walk Audit with Walkability Guru Dan Burden


Framework for thinking about street design, examples of principles followed, and ideas discovered about pedestiran streets and multi-modal lanes on other streets

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 5:02 p.m. CDT

CLOSING PLENARY : Subnational Leadership: Smart-Growth Solutions for Red and Blue Leaders


Good practical ideas - hotel over fire station, green and clean is often cheaper - from Mayor Karen freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 5 p.m. CDT

Real Resilience: Building an inclusive “We” for Effective Climate Solutions


About letting the people lead and inform actions

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:59 p.m. CDT

An Ounce of Prevention: Investing in Preparedness and Resilience


Identified funding sourcrs and info resources

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:57 p.m. CDT

The Right Tool for the Job: A Community Matrix of Climate-Action Tools


It would be good to analyze life cost-benefit of projects. TPL tool would be useful for a parks plan.

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:54 p.m. CDT

Four Paths for Equitable Smart Growth


Interesting to see neighborhood organizers' point of view

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:53 p.m. CDT

Emerging Trends for Climate Action: Opportunities and Risks for a More Resilient Future


Good pre and post disaster planning info

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:50 p.m. CDT

Climate Action in America: Integrated Solutions for a Rapid Response


Lots on equity, not so much on physical solutions

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:49 p.m. CDT

Kickoff Plenary: Getting to Just Growth and Shared Prosperity: Lessons from Communities across the Nation


how demography affects politics

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 1:39 p.m. CDT

Value Chains in Small Towns and Rural Communities


Presenter was knowledge, thoughtful. The content was very strong and practical.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 1:37 p.m. CDT

MORNING PLENARY Technology and Smart Growth: What Local Leaders Can Learn from Silicon Valley


Speakers were only selling their corporate brand. No meaningful discussion or learning.

Friday, March 9, 2018, 10:42 a.m. CST

New Era of Shared, Self-Driving Transportation: Trends and Implications for Traditional Transit


One of the best NPSG sessions I've ever attended

Monday, February 26, 2018, 3:56 p.m. CST

Pathways to Equity and Wellness in Richmond


I really loved this tour. Richmond has come so far and I was so impressed with the projects they showed us. We met so many amazing community leaders from the Mayor to neighborhood activists and topped it off with a visit to the Rosie the Riveter national park site. The progress in Richmond says a lot about what committed community members can get done with persistence, vision and a little time!

Monday, February 26, 2018, 3:50 p.m. CST

Reuse, Refuel and Revitalize – Sustainable Infill Redevelopment in Emeryville


This was a fantastic tool. Emeryville and AC Transit are doing some amazing things to create a sustainable, equitable and livable community.

Friday, February 9, 2018, 7:56 a.m. CST

The Right Tool for the Job: A Community Matrix of Climate-Action Tools


Excellent session. Great options for improving resiliency (for infrastructure and people) in a changing climate. Best session of the conference.

Friday, February 9, 2018, 7:51 a.m. CST

MORNING PLENARY Technology and Smart Growth: What Local Leaders Can Learn from Silicon Valley


A great session with lots of good information on our changing economy.

Thursday, January 4, 2018, 3:08 p.m. CST

City of Champions: A Tour of Smart-Growth Projects in East St. Louis


Great example of a community taking an active role to solve their problems! The speakers were excellent!

Friday, November 17, 2017, 2:29 p.m. CST

Walking the Inclusionary-Zoning Tightrope


This panel was well-attended, and the presentations provided real-world examples of how inclusionary housing programs can be used to promote affordable housing in a broad range of cities across the US. Both the panelists and audience members engaged in a thoughtful dialogue about how to develop and structure effective inclusionary housing programs in local communities.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 5:22 p.m. CDT

The Bike Accessible Transit Agency: Implementation Tools and Stories


This was an excellent session with planners discussing new measures and what worked in different systems and stations.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 5:13 p.m. CDT

Explore Traditional, Discreet, and Affordable Neighborhood "Missing Middle" Housing Forms


This was one of the best conference seminars I've ever attended because it focused on regulatory and design innovation to creat non-subsidized housing.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 2:53 p.m. CDT

Building a Successful Bicycle Share System for the Capital Region


Best take-away from session-- A bicycle share system is a technology system more than a bike share system. With constantly changing technology, the contract for the system needs to allow for updates to payment, tracking and other software.

Monday, April 10, 2017, 4:21 p.m. CDT

Challenges and Successes with Implementing a Comprehensive, Community-Driven Revitalization, including Historic Rehab in Old North St. Louis


excellent presentations showing successes and difficulties in redevelopment/creating community -- where community has crumbled to a very great extent

Monday, April 10, 2017, 4:17 p.m. CDT

Community Resilience through Green Building and Industrial Site Redevelopment


very good examples of adaptive reuse, revitalization

Monday, March 27, 2017, 10 a.m. CDT

Planning and Regulating Housing Options for Changing Demographics


Presentation on both the new Comp Plan and UDC within the context of the new housing options highlighted therein, referring often to the “missing middle” concept mentioned earlier. In discussing the UDC, we focused heavily on the Building Types “menu,” with an emphasis on the recent surge in senior residential development in Blue Springs.

Monday, March 27, 2017, 9:56 a.m. CDT

Planting Resilience: One Tree at a Time


Very good presentation on how the Cities of Joplin and St. Louis have discovered the value of public participation when considering re-forestation efforts.

Monday, March 27, 2017, 9:53 a.m. CDT

Transit: The Backbone of Shared Mobility


Good discussion on the emerging trends in transit provision.

Monday, March 27, 2017, 9:50 a.m. CDT

Reinventing Local Economies with Place-Based Approaches: Examples from Coal Country


Excellent example of how our natural resources can become an economic driver as well as a means by which to get citizens more involved in "community caring", particularly for smaller communities.

Monday, March 27, 2017, 9:44 a.m. CDT

Collaboration for Community Health through Street Design


Love tactical urbanism!!

Monday, March 27, 2017, 9:40 a.m. CDT

A Tale of Two Land Banks


Good information from two individuals that have significant experience running Land Banks in St. Louis and Kansas City.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 1:12 p.m. CST

The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model


Very inspiring - hope they can expand this program so more can participate!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 1:05 p.m. CST

Growing Grassroots “Good Growth” Group


Not much preparation by presenter - a few slides would have helped

Monday, February 6, 2017, 10:14 a.m. CST

Rural Roundtable: Applying Smart-Growth Principles to Rural Design


The open discussion of rural issues brings out a lot more information than just presentations. Well done session.

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 1:04 p.m. CST

The New Mobility: Planning in an Era of Autonomous Vehicles


This was a great session and should be repeated. However, it'd be even cooler if there was a "Devil's Advocate" up there arguing the problems of autonomous vehicles and the hurdles to implementation. We all know there will be unintended consequences, and there has to be a leader in that voice out there somewhere. It'd be a great debate, and I am sure the presenters will find some enjoyment in the argument.

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 12:58 p.m. CST

What Works? The Social Science of Real-World Decision Making


Conceptually, a GREAT thesis, but the exercise sort of dragged down. Also, the worksheet was a little confusing. But an important lesson to keep people "on page" with the tasks and moving things forward. However, in my community, we keep allowing last minute entries into the process who disable the decision-making. Until that political process changes, I doubt this exercise will help us. I wished our Councilors were taking this session. With that said, as planners, we need to be reflective that some of the best parts of our cities were made without any community engagement. Not that people haven't been scarred by that experience, but we should ponder the need for such community immersion. Just putting that out there.

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 12:54 p.m. CST

Meaningful Metrics for Planning Healthy Communities


Great work going on out there. Great lessons and transferrable if the community has political will. Though, running this data can spur political will.

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 12:50 p.m. CST

Walking the Inclusionary-Zoning Tightrope


Ian was great. The rest of the speakers, not so much; though they were all very smart people. It was a little too San Francisco. The audience was subjected to run on statements and grandstanding as if we were a wall to throw an intellectual tennis ball against repeatedly. Ian deserves more than 2 stars, but is dragged down in rating because of everyone else. Again, these were exceptionally bright people, just ineffective presenters of information. We are not PhDs in economics, so machine-gunning us with a narrative of numbers doesn't "stick" in our heads. Normal people don't retain more than a couple numbers. It'd be worth the presenter's time to listen to the audio so they can hear themselves.

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 12:44 p.m. CST

Missing Middle Housing: A New Tool to Address Your Housing Challenges


Well organized and a provocative presentation. Definitely an obvious "blind spot" for most cities and for most zoning codes! The speakers are correct in citing the need for change! Let's get to it!

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 12:16 a.m. CST

The Making of a Healthy City


The Blue Zones project has been particularly valuable in demonstrating that a healthy lifestyle can increase human longevity. The communities identified and described illustrate that diet and a physically active lifestyle are significant contributors to human health. There are lessons for urban planners and developers on how through policy and urban design it is important to make it as easy as possible for citizens to access healthy food and to use human powered transportation modes. In most of the subject communities studied people didn't have to make conscious choices on diet or to exercise because traditionally they were already integrated into their lifestyle.

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 12:03 a.m. CST

The FAST and the CURIOUS! What the New Transportation Bill Means for Smart Growth


Both of the speakers had intimate knowledge of the development, legislative process, and ultimate content of the FAST Act legislation. They gave a deep look at what funding opportunities were available under its programs and the necessary qualifications and recommended application strategies to employ.

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 11:53 p.m. CST

Private Sector Solutions for Public Benefit Projects


A good discussion about actual approaches and projects using private resources, sometimes leveraged by public resources, to achieve public benefit projects. Requiring or negotiating with developers to make public benefit investments (sometimes with reimbursement) that will also benefit their projects is an important approach in this era of limited tax revenues and other public funding sources.

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 11:40 p.m. CST

Explore Traditional, Discreet, and Affordable Neighborhood "Missing Middle" Housing Forms


This mobile workshop really helped illustrate how modern development has really failed to adequately address the housing needs of so many people. The sample neighborhood we walked through showed how historically in cities a broad range of housing types were developed in the same neighborhood, including many at higher densities than the intermixed single family homes. Dan Parolek from Opticos Design's comments and housing typology handout were particularly illuminating. Opticos has done some of the seminal work on analyzing the historic implementation of mid-range density urban housing and its modern re-introduction to address a broader range of housing needs and to support commercial corridors and easily accessible employment centers.

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 11:28 p.m. CST

Financing Smart Rural Places: Wealth Building Tools to Propel Economic Transition


Several good examples of programs and specific projects aimed at fostering economic development in rural areas. Descriptions of the financing sources helped the attendees understand what sources might be available to them for their efforts in their communities. The speakers all had long term experience that allowed them to articulate the strategic thinking that went into the implementation. I liked that the session included a breakout group discussion based on what had been presented and participants own challenges they were working on.

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 11:03 p.m. CST

America's Grand Strategy Starts With Community Leadership


This was one of the most forward-looking and hopeful strategic presentations I have heard in recent years. I was inspired by the patriotic, pragmatic and rational thinking that went into the Grand Strategy's development. It was a strategy not just for the next five years but the next 25. It transcended so many of the narrow and short-term political and economic interests that limit our ability to plan long term and provide a better more secure and sustainable future for our country. It is fitting that the genesis of this work was in the Pentagon and that it was framed in the interwoven contexts of national security, economic prosperity and environmental sustainability.

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 10:49 p.m. CST

Portland Small Blocks, Superblocks and the Historic Laurence Halprin Fountains Walkshop


This was a fascinating tour illustrating a portion of Downtown Portland's urban fabric, civic monuments and the conflicts, traffic concentration and monolithic landscapes that took place that arose when the small block geography was replaced with large superblocks at the southern end of downtown in the 60's and 70's (?). Laurence Halprin attempted to humanize a portion of the superblocks with interesting gathering places including the iconic fountains and other landscaping and walkways.

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 10:36 p.m. CST

Kick-off Plenary — Outliers: The Story of Equitable Development Success


Good philosophic foundation supporting Equitable Development and academic research supporting its benefits.

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 10:27 p.m. CST

Smart Growth in Nature's Wonderland - The Columbia River Gorge


Great examples of the kinds of quality of life and conservation actions that can be achieved by having a regional planning entity like the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Its mission and actions allow for major open space preservation near a major metropolitan area and sensitive development within existing smaller urbanized areas (Hood River, The Dalles, Cascade Locks, etc.) within the scenic area while still preserving natural, watershed, scenic, recreational and agricultural areas within its jurisdiction.

Monday, December 12, 2016, 12:05 p.m. CST

The Dollars and $ense of Smart Growth


I enjoyed learning about community investment strategies.

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 11:31 a.m. CDT

Seize This Day: You Are the Leaders We Need


Good, but more focus on adaptation vs mitigation would increase relevancy to conference.

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