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Coalition building and community outreach are extremely important factors. Each influences the decision-making process of government officials. How can you broaden coalitions and increase community engagement? Explore several creative tactics and strategies that helped revitalize entire neighborhoods through educating and engaging a broad spectrum of community stakeholders. Hear three approaches that led to long-lasting coalitions and a more in-depth level of community engagement -- programs that went beyond the usual strategies of sponsoring neighborhood events to solicit feedback. Learn about citizen advocacy classes, regional-scale collaborations, neighborhood initiatives and more.
Moderator: William Schroeer, Executive Director, East Metro Strong, Northfield, Minnesota
Julie Gustafson, Community Relations Program Manager, Portland Streetcar, Inc., Portland, Oregon
Art Guzzetti, Vice President, Policy, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, DC
Veronica Hahni, Executive Director, Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative, Los Angeles, California
Megan Channell, AICP, Principal Planner, San Mateo County Transit District, San Carlos, California