Engage with Local Government: Critical Stakeholders in Your Walkable Community Movement

Webinar Title: ” Engage with Local Government: Critical Stakeholders in Your Walkable Community Movement”

Date and Time: Friday, August 14th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

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About the Webinar

Join us on August 14th for the latest webinar in America Walks’ “Walking College” series. Having learned about fundraising and personal leadership development in the previous module, our 25 Walking College Fellows (and all America Walks supporters) are now invited to meet three critical stakeholders in any local walkable community movement – an engineer, a planner, and an elected official.

While advocates, who can articulate the diverse benefits of walkable communities, provide the energy for the local movement, local government partners are essential in order to actually change policies, systems, and the built environment. For this webinar, we’re delighted to welcome three national experts in building walkability into the local government process – a councilwoman from Boise, the former Director of the Missoula Office of Planning, and an engineer with 34 years experience with the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Each of these professional areas has its own culture, its own set of priorities and taboos, and its own vocabulary, and many of the problems of our automobile-centric society may be partly attributed to the fact that planners and engineers have operated in silos for much of the last 50 years. Fortunately, that unhealthy situation is changing in the modern world, as our speakers will demonstrate.

Tune in to learn how to reach out to land-use planners, traffic engineers, and local policymakers – and effectively engage them in the effort to make your community more walkable.

About the Presenters

Clegg-PhotoElaine Clegg was elected to the Boise City Council in 2003 and has been re-elected twice. An Idaho native, Elaine became interested in growth management issues in the 1980s and started her advocacy career as a board member with her neighborhood association. In 1998, she joined the staff of Idaho Smart Growth, where she continues to provide technical assistance to communities to develop pedestrian and bicycle action plans and identify policy and zoning solutions that support smart growth. As a member of the Boise City Council, Elaine serves on Boise’s growth management team, the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization Board, the Boise metro regional transit authority, and the Association of Idaho Cities Board. At the national level, Elaine is currently Board Vice-president with the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations and a member of the National League of Cities’ Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee.

Millar-PhotoRoger Millar is Vice President for Technical Assistance with Smart Growth America. He also serves as the Director of the organization’s Leadership Institute and the National Complete Streets Coalition. In a career spanning decades, Roger has also held numerous senior positions in the public sector, including Manager of the City of Portland, Manager of Oregon’s Arterial Streets Division, and Director of the Missoula Office of Planning and Grants. He played a leadership role in the development of Portland’s Pearl District, the Portland Streetcar, the Roaring Fork Valley “VelociRFTA” Bus Rapid Transit system, and the “Envision Missoula” Long Range Transportation Plan – all of which are cited as national models. Roger is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a Certified Floodplain Manager.

Gary-FULL-660x439Gary Toth has helped to lead a national movement to integrate land use and transportation planning as a mechanism for creating more livable, walkable communities. During 34 years with the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Gary helped transform the agency into one that invites communities into the planning process and designs transportation systems that respond to local needs. He was the founder of the agency’s Context Sensitive Solutions Program and Project Manager for the Smart Transportation Guide. With the Project for Public Spaces since 2007, Gary has worked with dozens of communities to help them plan and create more sustainable streets and transportation networks, including conducting hundreds of trainings and community engagement sessions. He is also one of seven instructors certified for the National Highway Institute’s Transportation and Land Use Course, leading the discussion on what makes a great street.


We are grateful to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Public Health Association, New Jersey Department of Health, and Every Body Walk! Collaborative for sponsoring this program.