AARP Hosting Virtual Placemaking Workshop

The 2019 AARP Livable Communities Placemaking Workshop will showcase the many ways local leaders and community volunteers can help to create public spaces that are vibrant, welcoming, safe and accessible.
Workshop attendees will:
  • learn about the economic, social and health impacts of placemaking
  • be introduced to examples of infrastructure-intensive placemaking efforts that have successfully transformed a city, town, street or neighborhood for the better
  • see how smaller, temporary “pop-up” demonstration projects (including parklets, bike lanes, plazas and alley “activations”) can be used to inspire a community
  • gain strategies and tools for implementing placemaking projects

Tuesday, November 12: Livestream Program

All times are Mountain Standard Time

11:00-11:20 am: Welcoming Remarks

11:20-11:50 am: Morning Keynote AddressBuild Support for Change

  • Matthew Lister, Managing Director, Gehl Studio: Making Cities for People

11:50 am-12:20 pm: Panel Discussion: Placemaking for All

  • Anthony Taylor, Executive Council Member, AARP Minnesota
  • Debra Bustos, Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Urban Land Conservancy [invited]
  • Rudy Espinoza, Executive Director, Inclusive Action for the City

12:20-12:45 pm: Q&A: Audience questions via Twitter and Poll Everywhere

12:45-1:15 pm: Videos: Community placemaking projects

1:15-1:45 pm: Innovation Showcase: Rapid-fire presentations of work from around the country

1:45-2:15 pm: Panel Discussion: Economic Impacts

  • Shannon Joern, Vice President, National Advancement, Artspace
  • Clark Anderson, Executive Director, Community Builders
  • Lindsey Wallace, Director of Strategic Projects and Design Services, National Main Street Center

2:15-2:35 pm: Afternoon Keynote Address: Invest in Change

  • Carol Coletta, President/CEO, Memphis River Parks Partnership

2:35-2:50 pm: Q&A: Audience questions via Twitter and Poll Everywhere

2:50-3:00 pm: Closing Remarks

Wednesday, November 13: Livestream Program

11-11:15 am: Welcoming Remarks

11:15-11:45 am: Panel DiscussionHealth Impacts

  • Cynthia Gibson, Executive Director, Idaho Walk Bike Alliance
  • Jared Hymowitz, Director of the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative, City of Baton Rouge
  • Rozanne Adanto, Executive Council Member, AARP California

11:45 am-12:10 pm: Innovation Showcase: Rapid-fire presentations of work from around the country

12:10-12:25 pm: Videos: Community placemaking projects

12:25-12:55 pm: Keynote AddressTrigger Long-Term Change

  • Odetta MacLeish-White, Managing Director, TransFormation Alliance

12:55-1:25 pm: Panel Discussion: Social Impacts

  • Réna Bradley, Community Development Director, Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries
  • Dillon Goodson, Executive Director, Lakeview Chamber of Commerce
  • Emily Yetman, Executive Director, Living Streets Alliance

1:25-1:50 pm: Q&A: Audience questions via Twitter and Poll Everywhere

1:50-2:00 pm: Closing Remarks

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