2019 National Planning Conference

Strategic Downtown Revitalization with Stakeholders

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 4:15 p.m. - Saturday, April 13, 2019, 5:30 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198172

Location: 2016

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  • Better understand opportunities for strategic interventions for downtown and commercial center revitalization.
  • Identify when and how short-term external pro bono planning teams can be most helpful to communities.
  • Learn about new opportunities for low-cost strategic change.


The panel session examines how strategic planning with very short-term pro bono design teams and intense stakeholder involvement is making a different in downtown and commercial center revitalization. Find out what works and what doesn’t in eight communities that used APA’s Community Planning Assistance Teams (CPATs), AIA’s Design Assessment Teams (DATs), and New England Municipal Sustainability Network’s Design and Resiliency Teams (DARTs). These focused strategic planning efforts, and other similar home-grown similar efforts, have less overhead and can excite an engage the community and build momentum in a way that more traditional efforts cannot always do. These efforts never work in isolation, but they can be powerful catalysts if done well.

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Session Speakers

Wayne Feiden, FAICP
City of Northampton
Northampton, MA

Paula J. Reeves, AICP CTP
Washington State Department of Health
Olympia, WA

Erin Simmons
American Institute of Architects
Washington, DC

Antoine Bryant
Moody Nolan