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Tuesday, July 21 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Best Practices in Community Engagement & Public Participation – When to Use High Tech, High Touch, or Both

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Effectively engaging the community is vital to gathering community data, developing sound plans, and ensuring transparency in the public process. As communities become more diverse, planners are tasked with devising new strategies and techniques which better utilize technology to more effectively gather public input. Join local experts from around the Commonwealth to learn more about best practices in community information, outreach and public engagement. This concurrent session will highlight case studies on public engagement in the era of new media (online surveys, forums, crowd-sourced mapping, social networking and video), utilizing design charrettes, and new skills for meeting facilitation at the county, small town and even neighborhood levels and will present practical techniques to create, present, and distribute information about your projects. We'll talk about tools and techniques that most people have access to already with their smartphone and computer. Also learn how to combine high tech community engagement efforts with high "touch" efforts. Finally, the sessions will explore how “boots on the ground” can still be an important tool when community engagement at the neighborhood level is important.

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Craig Wilson, AICP

CEO/President, Community Planning Partners
Planning is my second career after serving in the ministry for 24 years and adding a MURP to my credentials along the way. Every day is different at CPP and getting out on the field and rubbing elbows with the people of Virginia and working on real projects that make a difference... Read More →
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M. Tyler Klein, AICP

Land Use Planner (Membership Director, APA Virginia), Loudoun County Department of Planning & Zoning
M. Tyler Klein, AICP, is a Land Use Planner with the Loudoun County Department of Planning & Zoning. As Membership Director, he is responsible for maintaining the Chapter’s membership list, corresponding with members and getting new members involved with Chapter activities. He is... Read More →
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Andy Boenau

Urban Planning Practice Leader (Vice President of External Affairs, APA Virginia), Timmons Group
Talk to me about design anarchy. My mission in life is to topple the status quo and make street networks safe for people of all ages and abilities.
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Joseph Griffiths

Community Information and Outreach Program Manager, Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning
I worked for close to a decade in education, work force, and community development. I am a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University's Masters of Urban and Regional Planning Program, and I have directed the public outreach division of Loudoun County's Department of Planning and... Read More →

Tuesday July 21, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Merrimac Sheraton Waterside Hotel

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