Moving Our Metro was a huge success because of you! The Suburbs Alliance and its partners brought 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. Read on for information about the sessions, speakers, presentations and additional resources to help shape Detroit’s transit future.
Suburbs Alliance Annual Meeting
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Attendees helped to set the direction of our organization and the region! We celebrated our accomplishments, discuss the challenges facing our region, and develop an agenda for the coming year. We believe every community in the region is integral to our shared success, so representatives from both member and non-member cities were invited to attend.
Regional Planning Mini Conference
We spent a day learning tactics and tools we can use to shape a greater Detroit though transportation funding and planning. We brought in experts on scenario planning, MAP-21, performance metrics and cargo-oriented development to help us work together toward a better transportation future for metro Detroit.
Handout: Agenda & Speaker Bios
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
City staff and other community members joined for TAP into Possibilities, a workshop designed for residents who are interested in how TAP (Transportation Alternatives Program) funding can help their communities. Guests had the chance to meet and build connections with the metro Detroit residents who are most passionate about transforming our region through transportation.
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 provide an overview of scenario planning, highlight examples of where it’s been done effectively and allow participants to learn by doing.
TAP into Transportation
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a federal funding program for local non-motorized transportation projects. Come learn how TAP funding works in Michigan and how you can utilize it to make your city more walkable and bikeable.
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 an outcome, 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.
Cargo-Oriented Development Workshop
Cargo-Oriented Development (COD) is designed to improve the efficiency of freight transportation systems and when done well, 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.
Getting to Regional Transit Success
With the creation of the Regional Transit Authority and other transit developments, metro Detroit has the opportunity to dramatically improve and expand our transit systems. Participants in this session will learn how other regions have succeeded and failed, and actively engage in a discussion about how we move forward.
Scot T. Spencer
Associate Director for Advocacy and Influence, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Chair, The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities
As the associate director for advocacy and influence at The Annie E. Casey Foundation and the board chair for The Funders’ Network for Smart and Livable Communities, Scot T. Spencer is an experienced leader who brings a critical equity lens to the conversations around transportation and urban revitalization. A self-proclaimed “transit junkie”, Scot understands that transit is about connecting people to opportunities.
Prior to focusing on revitalization in Baltimore, Scot spent several years in architectural practice, community development and university relations in upstate New York. He serves on a variety of boards and committees, including as chair of Smart Growth America. Scot holds a Bachelor in Architecture and a Masters in Urban and Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
On behalf of all the Moving Our Metro guests, the Suburbs Alliance would like to thank Congressman John Dingell for joining us during lunch for a special address on the importance of infrastructure.
— John Dingell (@john_dingell) November 18, 2013
Thank you to everyone who participated with us live during the event on Twitter via #MovingOurMetro.
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