Upcoming Webcasts – all at 1 p.m. ET:
October 14 – Economic Development Division – Making Decisions, Making Sense: Technology for Better Economic Development – Speaker: Delia Rucker
New information technology has the potential to transform how economic development works -- from supercharging workforce analysis, to targeting businesses for recruitment, to managing retention and small business support with minimal staff and budgets. We will review several new tools and platforms for achieving these objectives, and we will examine the criteria you should use when selecting technology tools.
October 21 – Nebraska Chapter – Goats in the City: Targeted Grazing for Low-Impact Management of Sensitive Landscapes – Speakers: Wade Waggoner and Aaron Steele
Targeted grazing is the application of a specific kind of livestock at a determined season, duration, and intensity to accomplish defined vegetation or landscape goals. Communities in the U.S. are finding targeted grazing -- usually with goats – to be a useful tool for managing invasive and nuisance vegetation in parks, landfills, trails, and along waterways. Its use extends to private property as well, finding application in pre-development land clearing, maintenance of undeveloped subdivision lots, and anywhere it is prudent to avoid the high-impact approaches of burning, pesticide use, or machinery. In 2013, the City of Lake Park became one of the first communities in Iowa to implement targeted grazing when it hired Goats On The Go, LC to deploy 20 goats on the steep shore of its lakeside park. For three days the goats munched through invasive honeysuckle, locust, multiflora rose, and poison ivy as the first step in reestablishing native cover to better infiltrate runoff and hold the shore’s soil in place, all the while enhancing the park as one of the small community’s biggest assets. Wade Wagoner, AICP, (former City Administrator of Lake Park) will be joined by Aaron Steele, AICP (owner and founder of Goats On The Go, LC) to describe this project which won the 2014 APA Iowa Environmental Planning Award, and present it as a model for other communities to follow. Steele will also address common questions and concerns about targeted grazing as an urban and suburban practice.
October 28 – Transportation Planning Division – Modernizing Transportation Agencies – Speaker: Beth Osborne
Transportation needs always exceed funding. At the same time, transportation projects are expected to do more than ever -- move cars, trucks, transit, bikes and pedestrians safely and efficiently. Transportation for America works with transportation agencies to find ways to make money go farther and to identify ways to make better move all users of the system safely. This technical assistance includes training on coordinating transportation and land use, practical design and the needs of all users. Then Transportation for America analyzed the transportation agency's project development process to identify where rules, procedures and culture might interfere with the delivery of cost-effective, multimodal projects.
November 4 – Massachusetts Chapter – Nurturing Creative Places: A Dive into the Arts and Planning Toolkit – Speakers: Jennifer Erickson and Julie Burros
Arts and culture is an essential element of what makes places and communities healthy, connected, and vibrant. It provides opportunities for people from different walks of life to socialize, learn, and play; it provides experiences that helps people engage with elements in the past, present, and future; and it creates unique and exciting opportunities for people to understand and interact with their built and natural environments. How can planners nurture innovation and creativity through planning, programming, and policy? Join us for a demo of the new Arts and Planning Toolkit, an innovative new resource for planners and other government staff who are interested in innovating their civic practices through projects and partnerships that engage arts, culture, and the creative community. Learn about how arts and culture can be an effective component of urban, suburban, and rural community revitalization. Learn about real projects that are infusing creativity into the civic life and physical and social environments of communities and walk away with inspiring, concrete examples of ways you integrate build arts and culture into your planning practice.