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Wednesday, November 13, 11 am-2 pm

Times are Mountain Standard Time

1.  Sign up to participate in the interactive livestream.

2. Tune in on the day of the event by following the link you'll receive in the confirmation email. 

3. Submit your comments and questions via the Poll Everywhere app or on Twitter@AARPLivable using #AARPplacemaking.

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The 2019 AARP Livable Communities Placemaking Workshop will showcase the many ways local leaders and community volunteers can help to create public spaces that are vibrant, welcoming, safe and accessible. Workshop attendees will:
  • Learn about the economic, social and health impacts of placemaking 

  • Be introduced to examples of infrastructure-intensive placemaking efforts that have successfully transformed a city, town, street or neighborhood for the better

  • See how smaller, temporary “pop-up” demonstration projects (including parklets, bike lanes, plazas and alley “activations”) can be used to inspire a community

  • Gain strategies and tools for implementing placemaking projects

Day 2: Wednesday, November 13: Livestream

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11-11:10 am: Welcoming Remarks

11:10-11:40 am: Panel Discussion: Health Impacts

  • Moderator: Denise Bottcher, State Director, AARP Louisiana
  • Cynthia Gibson, Executive Director, Idaho Walk Bike Alliance 
  • Jared Hymowitz, Director of the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative, City of Baton Rouge
  • Jennifer Berdugo, Associate State Director, AARP California

11:40 am-12:10 pm: Innovation Showcase: Rapid-fire presentations of work from around the country

  • Moderator: Stephanie Hunsinger, State Director, AARP New Jersey
  • Darrin Wasniewski, Associate State Director for Community Outreach, AARP Wisconsin
  • Elizabeth Brodek, Executive Director, The East Side Business Improvement District
  • Dawaune Hayes, President, Parker Action Alliance
  • Maria Ramirez-Trillo, Associate State Director, AARP Arizona

12:10-12:30 pm: Videos: Community placemaking projects

12:30-1:00 pm: Keynote AddressTrigger Long-Term Change

  • Odetta MacLeish-White, Managing Director, TransFormation Alliance

1:00-1:30 pm: Panel Discussion: Social Impacts

  • Moderator: Troy Schuster, State Director, AARP Virgin Islands
  • Réna Bradley, Community Development Director, Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries
  • Dillon Goodson, Executive Director, Lakeview Chamber of Commerce
  • Emily Yetman, Executive Director, Living Streets Alliance

1:30-1:50 pm: Q&A: Audience questions via Twitter and Poll Everywhere

1:50-2:00 pm: Closing Remarks

  • Danielle Arigoni, Director, AARP Livable Communities

Day 1: Tuesday, November 12: Livestream 

All times are Mountain Standard Time

11:00-11:10 am: Welcoming Remarks

11:10-11:40 am: Morning Keynote AddressBuild Support for Change

  • Matthew Lister, Managing Director, Gehl Studio: Making Cities for People

11:40 am-12:10 pm: Panel Discussion: Placemaking for All

  • Moderator: Will Phillips, State Director, AARP Minnesota
  • Anthony Taylor, Executive Council Member, AARP Minnesota
  • Irene Aguilar, Director, Denver Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization Team
  • Rudy Espinoza, Executive Director, Inclusive Action for the City 

12:10-12:30 pm: Q&A: Audience questions via Twitter and Poll Everywhere

12:30-1:00 pm: Videos: Community placemaking projects

1:00-1:30 pm: Innovation Showcase: Rapid-fire presentations of work from around the country

  • Moderator: Paula Cunningham, State Director, AARP Michigan
  • Terry Snyder, Volunteer President, AARP Alaska
  • Sarah Sandau, Prevention Program Supervisor, Lewis and Clark Public Health, Helena, Montana
  • Hind Ourahou, Senior Mobility Strategist, City of Detroit Office of Mobility Innovation
  • Candice Roberson, Executive Director, Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association
  • Terri Worman, Associate State Director, AARP Illinois

1:30-2:00 pm: Panel Discussion: Economic Impacts

  • Moderator: Bob Murphy, State Director, AARP Colorado
  • Shannon Joern, Vice President, National Advancement, Artspace 
  • Clark Anderson, Executive Director, Community Builders 
  • Lindsey Wallace, Director of Strategic Projects and Design Services, National Main Street Center

2:00-2:30 pm: Afternoon Keynote Address: Invest in Change

  • Carol Coletta, President/CEO, Memphis River Parks Partnership

2:30-2:50 pm: Q&A: Audience questions via Twitter and Poll Everywhere

2:50-3:00 pm: Closing Remarks: The Path Toward Placemaking

  • James Brooks, Director, Community and Field Support, AARP Office of Community Engagement