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AARP Placemaking Workshop

Learn more about the November 2019 event

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The AARP Placemaking Workshop took place on November 12 and 13, 2019, in Denver, Colorado. The sessions listed below were livestreamed online. Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities e-Newsletter to learn when videos, presentations and other materials from both the livestream and on-site workshop sessions are posted to this page (

To see just some of the examples of how AARP is active with placemaking in communities across the country, visit the AARP Community Challenge Grant video page. Related content can be found in the Placemaking and Public Spaces archive. 

Day 1: Tuesday, November 12: Livestream 

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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

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