CNU 28.A Virtual Gathering was held online June 10-13, 2020. TSW’s Laura Richter and Ryan Snodgrass led a virtual session during the Congress on Sustaining Engagement during COVID-19 along with Jared Lombard, a Senior Principal Planner with the Atlanta Regional Commission, and Micheal Cash, the Community Development Director at the City of Dallas, Georgia.
The session explored virtual engagement methods that TSW is currently using in public planning processes throughout the Metro Atlanta area, including live streams and interactive workshops. The session highlighted two small town communities that have utilized incremental and authentic approaches to downtown planning, the cities of Dallas and Auburn, Georgia. Both cities are participating in the Livable Center Initiative planning program, which is partially funded by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The session explored how regional and local leadership and consultants can work together to help public participation succeed in the throes of a pandemic with some valuable lessons learned along the way. Below are screen captures from the session. Please reach out to Laura Richter or Ryan Snodgrass for more information.