You’re Invited to Moving Our Metro!
On November 18, the Suburbs Alliance and its partners will bring together city officials and staff, transportation advocates, and other stakeholders with experts from around the country to discuss how we can leverage federal transportation programs to advance our region. We’re calling the event Moving Our Metro: A Day of Regional Thinking, Planning and Doing, and you’re invited! Already sold? Click here to register!
We’ll kick off the day with the Suburbs Alliance Annual Meeting, followed by a Regional Planning Mini-Conference and a public workshop called TAP into Possibilities. We’re bringing in experts from more than a dozen organizations including PolicyLink, Placematters, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and MDOT, who will run sessions on scenario planning, cargo-oriented development (COD), progressive metrics, TAP funding and how we move forward with the new RTA.
Here at the Suburbs Alliance, we’re particularly excited about the sessions on scenario planning, COD and progressive metrics because we’ve been intimately involved in planning them:
Scenario Planning in Metro Detroit: Scenario planning differs from more conventional planning in that it considers several possible visions of the future. This session will explore how scenario planning has been used in other regions, and how we could leverage it in metro Detroit. You’ll hear from experts who have already employed scenario planning and have the opportunity to lay the framework for future efforts locally in roundtable discussions
Cargo-Oriented Development Workshop: COD is designed to improve the efficiency of freight transportation systems and when done well, it can have a positive impact on an area’s economy. Learn about COD, and consider how it can be applied in metro Detroit, in this hands-on workshop.
Establishing Progressive Metrics: MAP-21 requires transportation agencies to develop performance measures for their work. The right metrics can change the way transportation spending is implemented by emphasizing greater social equity and connectivity as outcomes, not just speed and efficiency. This session will focus on how we can we translate our values and priorities into equitable performance measures for our communities.
We’ve also arranged for Scot T. Spencer, the associate director for advocacy and influence at The Annie E. Casey Foundation and chair of the Funder’s Network for Smart Growth, to deliver a keynote address during lunch. Scot is an experienced leader who understands transit is about connecting people to opportunities. He’s a self-proclaimed “transit junkie” and we’re absolutely thrilled he’ll be speaking.