New Webinar- Partnering for Strong Economies: Regional Councils and Walkable Communities
Webinar Title: Partnering for Strong Economies: Regional Councils and Walkable Communities
Date and Time: May 5, 2016 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific
About the Webinar
Join America Walks and the National Association of Regional Councils for a webinar on May 5th at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific. The webinar will examine how federal transportation funding is allocated through Regional Councils and how to access it for projects that promote walkable communities including complete streets, safety efforts and place-making. Attendees will explore two unique perspectives as we hear from both a planner from a Regional Council and an advocate who has worked to use the resources available from their Regional Council.
About the Presenters
Andy Hamilton has worked on transportation, land use, and air quality issues at the San Diego Air Pollution Control District (APCD) since 1994. In 1998, he co-founded both WalkSanDiego and Move San Diego, two non-profits advocating for smart growth and alternatives to driving. In 2014, he engineered a merger of the two organizations to form Circulate San Diego. Andy did similar work with the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston from 1987 to 1993. He holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Kansas, a masters degree in Ecology from UC Davis and a masters degree in Urban & Environmental Policy from Tufts University. He is the author of three publications: Tools for Reducing Vehicle Trips Through Land Use Design; Slow Down! Taming Neighborhood Traffic; From Policy to Pavement: Implementing Complete Streets in the San Diego Region
Scott Hess is the Active Transportation Planner for Wasatch Front Regional Council. His role is to provide a focus to Active Transportation within the 2019-2050 Regional Transportation Plan and Regional Vision. He brings nearly ten years of experience in various Planning roles. Most recently he worked as the Planning Department Manager for Clearfield City with prior work as Davis County Planner focused on regional trail and bicycle infrastructure implementation. He holds a B.S. in Urban Planning and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Utah.
- Ian Thomas is the State and Local Program Director with America Walks. In this role, he develops and delivers education programs for advocates, professionals, and elected officials, about the benefits of walkable communities and strategies to create them. From 2000 until 2013, Ian served as the founding Executive Director of the PedNet Coalition of Columbia, MO – developing one of the largest Walking School Bus programs in the country and coordinating a campaign that led to Columbia adopting the first “complete streets’ policy in Missouri. In 2013, Ian won election to the Columbia City Council, where he continues to advance healthy and walkable community policies. He is a member of Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council and the National League of Cities’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
- Leslie Wollack, Executive Director, National Association of Regional Councils