2018 National Planning Conference

Denveright: Turning Citywide Challenges into Innovation

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. CDT

Location: R03

CM | 1.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188063


  • Techniques for cross-departmental collaboration on breaking down silos in big-city governments to establish long-range community vision and policies
  • Ways to leverage staff and budget resources toward a common goal within your own organizations
  • New and innovative techniques for community engagement to reach all populations on important issues facing your city


Denver is facing opportunities and challenges of significant growth – including affordability, mobility, and resiliency. Whether a growing, static, or slow-growth region, big cities can create barriers to innovation. As a result, the biggest challenges are unsolved. But with collaboration, creativity, kindness, and humor, we are unstoppable. This session will tell Denver’s story of a small group of ambitious city builders fearlessly using four concurrent citywide planning projects to innovate. Learn about an internal coordination structure to align land use, transportation, and parks and recreation policies across departments; a strategy to leverage staff and budget for maximum efficiency; and a communications-and-engagement strategy to achieve unprecedented community involvement. Some 18 months into the launch of Denveright, there is much to share about this project.

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Session Speakers

Caryn M. Champine
City and County of Denver
Denver, CO

Gordon Robertson
City and County of Denver Parks and Recreation Department
Denver, CO

Emily Snyder
Denver City-County
Denver, CO

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