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Thursday, October 3 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Short Talks: Approaches, Tools and Philosophies

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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: Approaches, Tools and Philosophies. All talk titles from all presenters to be listed here by September.

  • Laura Torchio & Leigh Ann Von Hagen - Public Engagement Rule #1: Don't be an AskHole
  • Rachel Wexler - This Economy and Placemaking: I'm just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood.
  • Lou Huang - Six Years of Streetmix and the Future of Civic Engagement
  • Rachel Radawec - Build it and they will come (with ideas): How moving our office provided valuable insight to our Downtown
  • Perry Hiott - Capitalizing on Your Culture: An Asset-based, Community Driven Approach to Placemaking
  • Nate Hommel - The value of place governance: How maintenance can define a sense of place
  • Ryan Westrom - Title TBD


Ryan Westrom

East Coast Regional Manager, City Solutions, Ford Motor Company
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Leigh Ann Von Hagen

Senior Researcher, Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University
Leigh Ann Von Hagen AICP, PP is a Senior Researcher at the Voorhees Transportation Center and Planning Healthy Communities Initiative at Rutgers University. Leigh Ann’s work focuses on developing sustainable transportation and land use solutions for communities.  She addresses... Read More →

Lou Huang

Founder / CEO, Streetmix
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Rachel Wexler

Director of Special Projects, Downtown Durham, Inc.
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Perry Hiott

Managing Director, Georgia Cities Foundation
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Nate Hommel

Director of Planning and Design, University City District
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Rachel Radawec

Placemaking and Community Engagement Manager, Tampa Downtown Partnership
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Laura Torchio

Deputy Director, Project for Public Spaces
Laura Torchio is a certified planner specializing in active transportation, healthy communities, and placemaking. She is a seasoned facilitator with a forte to inspire thoughtful, creative initiatives and coalitions that strengthen the social, physical, and economic vitality of communities... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm EDT
Miller Park Community Stage