Empowering Planners to Lead: An EPIC Approach

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CM | 1.25

You'll learn about:

  • A new university partnership framework that can expand community conversations to promote better local decision making with less political risk

  • How planners can leverage students and faculty to advance equity, sustainability, and just development

  • How to expedite the adoption of new policy and practice at the local level through city and university collaboration

Increasingly, planners must address local quality-of-life issues such as affordable housing, social service provision, community engagement, equitable economic development, and clean air and water with limited staff and financial resources.

The Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) model offers efficiency and cost-effectiveness to meet these needs. The scale of engagement—one city partnered with one university for an academic year—expedites innovation into local government; increases a city’s capacity to move projects forward; accelerates adoption of new policy and practice; re-charges and empowers city staff; helps address problems from diverse perspectives; and trains the next generation of planners and allied professionals in effective, applied, multi-disciplinary problem solving approaches. More than 25 colleges and universities across the country have now adopted this framework, demonstrating the model’s flexibility and adaptability to all types of communities and educational institutions.

Discover how the University of Oregon and the University of Minnesota have used the EPIC approach to collaborate with cities. Learn about the model, example projects, and the collaborative relationships that have fostered successful planning outcomes.  Speakers will discuss issues of equity and community engagement, working across city departments, and engaging elected officials.