Reconnecting America Policy Director Sarah Kline and Project Manager Elizabeth Wampler will be participating in the American Planning Association Annual Convention in Chicago on April 15. Wampler will be participating in a panel that answers the question "Can Kids Live Downtown." (The answer, of course, is yes.) Kline will participate in a panel entitled "The New Role of Local Transportation Financing." More about Kline's panel is available here. Information about Wampler's panel is available here. More about the convention can be found here.
Elizabeth Wampler and Abby Thorne-Lyman will be in the Twin Cities to meet with the Advisory Group for the TOD Priority Market Framework. The Framework will be an implementation tool to assist the region in prioritizing investment along transit corridors based on market readiness for investment, existing infrastructure for TOD, and social characteristics that connect people to jobs. This project is being funded by the McKnight Foundation.
Reconnecting America's Abby Thorne-Lyman, director of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, and Reconnecting America Project Manager Elizabeth Wampler participate in a lunchtime forum at the SPUR Urban Center on June 11 in San Francisco. They will be joined by Vu-Bang Nguyen of Urban Habitat and Egon Terplan of SPUR for a discussion of how to encourage job growth near transit and improve job access via transit, particularly for low- and moderate-income workers.
Reconnecting America Policy Associate Elizabeth Wampler will be in Minneappolis on Nov. 9 for the local TOD Advisory Committee meeting. The TOD Advisory Committee brings together a collection of public agency representatives, regional non-profit advocacy groups, the business community, foundation staff and others that represent a growing network of groups proactively engaged in supporting transit-oriented development in the Twin Cities. Read more about the committee here.
Reconnecting America Interim President & CEO Allison Brooks and Project Manager Elizabeth Wampler will be in Seattle on August 12-13 to train Planning & Development Department staff in transit-oriented development (TOD) data and implementation tools in order to help promote walkable, vibrant, and affordable neighborhoods around major public transportation hubs in the region. Additional information about this place-based sustainability technical assistance is available here.
Program Associate Elizabeth Wampler will be in Minneapolis on Feb. 25 for Think Tank 2, which will be exploring the Metropolitan Council's TOD Strategic Action Plan. This is the second of three working sessions that Reconnecting America is coordinating with the Met Council, the MPO and transit agency in the Twin Cities, to help them create a TOD Strategic Action Plan to guide the agency to play a defined role in implementing TOD in the Twin Cities region.
Reconnecting America Project Manager Elizabeth Wampler will be participating in the Department of Housing and Urban Development Technical Assistance Implementation Site Visit and Peer Exchange in Seattle on July 9-11. The technical assistance program is part of HUD's Capacity Building for Sustainable Communities grant program.