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Wednesday, October 2 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Short Talks: Downtowns, Districts, Destinations

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A Short Talk session is 5-7 single presenters, presenting for roughly 7 minutes, on a topic relating to a overarching theme. Led by a facilitator, with a Q and A once all of the presentations have finished, these talks will provide attendees with a collection of stories, case studies, and projects related to specific aspects of placemaking.

This session's topic is: Downtowns, Districts, Destinations. All talk titles from all presenters to be listed here by September.

  • Midori Mizuhara - Go Little Tokyo: Creating a Hyper-Local Community-Driven Marketing and Branding Platform in a Rapidly Transforming Urban Core
  • Max Hepp-Buchanan - Music, access, and public space: how Richmond's downtown leadership organization is transforming the riverfront
  • Sarah Beckman - Equity at the Intersection of Community + Tourism
  • Chad Emerson - Dynamic Placemaking with a Modest Budget
  • Tammy Hunsaker - New Grit: How Salt Lake City's Granary District is using adaptive reuse, business recruitment, and public art to find new life, while preserving its industrial roots
  • Meghan Skornia - Local Business Districts: How We Can Work Together
  • Scott Shaffer - How to reclaim space from urban freeways: lessons from Minneapolis


Scott Shaffer

Planner, Minnesota Department of Transportation
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Sarah Beckman

Director of External Relations, Balboa Park Conservancy
Sarah is passionate about parks, people and place. With more than 25 years of experience in communication, events and philanthropy, she found her sweet spot at the intersection of community engagement and storytelling. Through her work in museums, schools and parks she has created... Read More →
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Chad Emerson

CEO & President, Downtown Huntsville, Inc
Creating Eclectic Yet Approachable Urban Experiences
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Meghan Skornia

Senior Associate, Asakura Robinson
Meghan Skornia is a Senior Associate Planner and Designer in our Austin office. Her work focuses on small area planning, downtown planning, vacant land strategy, creative placemaking, strategic planning, and engagement strategy. She is especially passionate about relaying complex... Read More →
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Max Hepp-Buchanan

Director of Riverfront & Downtown Placemaking, Venture Richmond
Max grew up in Seattle where his passion for active transportation and great public spaces began to take shape. He earned his masters from the University of Washington in Urban Design & Planning and Public Administration and has spent nearly a decade working with cities to help them... Read More →

Tammy Hunsaker

Senior Project Manager, Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City
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Midori Mizuhara

Director of Planning & Urban Design, Community Arts Resources

Wednesday October 2, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm EDT
Miller Park Community Stage