New Webinar: A Good Investment: The Benefits of Walkable Communities (June 13, 2018)


Webinar Title: A Good Investment: The Benefits of Walkable Communities

Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday June 13 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific


About the Webinar

You can’t put a price on a good walk, but you can calculate some of the benefits of walkability. This webinar will explore the benefits that come to individuals and communities when we take steps towards walkable and livable communities for all ages. Learn about the economic and financial power of walkable communities and how to use the information to make your case for safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active.

Attendees of this webinar:

  • Learn about the economic and financial benefits that come with walkability
  • Explore communities that are using walkability to re-imagine their local main streets and downtowns
  • Get resources and data needed to help make the case for walkability
About the Panel

Charles Marohn – known as “Chuck” to friends and colleagues – is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He is the Founder and President of Strong Towns. Marohn has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.

Marohn is the lead author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns — Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3 — as well as the author of A World Class Transportation System. He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America and in 2017 was named one of the 10 Most Influential Urbanists of all time by Planetizen.

Marohn is a long time commentator on KAXE Northern Community Radio. He currently co-hosts KAXE’s Dig Deep program, a monthly examination of public policy issues affecting Minnesotans.

Chuck grew up on a small farm in Central Minnesota. The oldest of three sons of two elementary school teachers, he joined the Minnesota National Guard on his 17th birthday during his junior year of high school and served for nine years. In addition to being passionate about building a stronger America, he loves playing music, is an obsessive reader and religiously follows his favorite team, the Minnesota Twins. Chuck and his wife live with their two daughters in their hometown of Brainerd, Minnesota.

As the Director of Research for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Research and Policy Lab, Dr. Michael Powe conducts research empirically assessing the contributions that existing buildings and blocks offer communities. In 2014, Mike led work on the Lab’s “Older, Smaller, Better” project, which used maps and statistics to demonstrate the critical role that older, smaller buildings play in supporting the social, cultural, and economic vitality of urban neighborhoods, and in 2016, he led efforts to expand this work to include a total of 50 U.S. cities in the Atlas of ReUrbanism. Mike also played a significant role in the National Trust’s Partnership for Building Reuse with the Urban Land Institute, steering policy conversations focused on strengthening building reuse opportunities in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, and Louisville. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in Urban and Regional Planning and Planning, Policy, and Design from the University of California, Irvine.

James F. Sallis, Ph.D is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine and Public Health at University of California, San Diego and Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne.  His research interests are promoting physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity, nutrition, and obesity.  He has authored 700 scientific publications and is one of the world’s most cited authors in the social sciences. Dr. Sallis is Past-President of Society of Behavioral Medicine.