2005 Conference - Wednesday Concurrent Sessions 7
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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM  Concurrent Sessions (7)
[2 hour sessions]

  • Café: Communities Shaping Their Own Future “There is a Better Way!”

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM      Concurrent Sessions 
[one hour sessions]

  • Café: Productive Community Meetings


Tour:  Connecting Communities and Tracks are For MAX, Claudia Steinberg, Community Affairs Manager, TriMet Capital Projects
In May 2004, TriMet opened the 5.5-mile Interstate MAX light rail alignment.  Interstate MAX was built along a struggling but busy commercial street that runs through one of the most racially diverse and lowest income neighbourhoods in Portland.  Once a main arterial between Oregon and Washington State, Interstate Avenue had fallen on hard times since its heyday in the 1950’s.  One of TriMet’s light rail project objectives was to serve a large transportation-dependent population in an area of low-income and minority neighbourhoods.   Presentation and guided tour of the Interstate Avenue MAX light rail alignment. Learn about the strategies TriMet used to connect communities, recognize cultural richness and provide culturally appropriate safety trainings to two elementary schools and one middle school located along the alignment.    

Advanced Affirmative Design, Anne Carroll, Carroll, Franck & Associates
This advanced skills development session hones in on some of the key elements of Affirmative Design, a thoughtful and inclusive public participation design process. Practitioners are assumed to be aware of the full spectrum of diversity, so this session applies that understanding and presents the key elements of Affirmative Design, introduces tools and methods, and uses the combination to support case-based role plays that provide opportunities for small teams to practice designing public participation processes that account for the range of diversity present in the situation.    

Café: Communities Shaping Their Own Future “There is a Better Way!” 

Vision for Queensferry, Vikki Hilton, Consultant and Trainer
This presentation / interactive session will show and tell the story of how we, Queensferry residents, built capacity through training to reach out into the community to reach those who would not normally have a voice as well as those who normally participate.  It will also show how this vision will feed into the community planning process within Scotland and be an example of good practice.    

Vision Sherman Park, Janice Wilberg, Wilberg Community Planning
Sherman Park is by far Milwaukee’s most ethnically diverse neighbourhood.  However, the same diversity treasured by city leaders and neighbourhood historians can often create tremendous strains and pressures as groups clash or avoid each in their day to day business.   This challenge was to bring the long-time white homeowners together with African American residents and members of Milwaukee’s most conservative Jewish community to create a shared Neighbourhood Manifesto. The manifesto is the community’s statement – what does it stand for, what does it want, where is it going.  Participants will learn how to calmly traverse the ethnic and religious divides while moving an important process forward.    

Panel:  Introducing An Entire Agency to Public Participation, Jim Creighton, Creighton and Creighton; Larkin; Bonner; McLaughlin; Walker
It’s challenging to introduce public participation on a major project. But the challenge is even greater when you are asked to get an entire government agency to begin using public participation in all its decision-making. This isn’t just a change in procedure. It’s a major change in organizational culture.   This session will be an opportunity to hear the experiences of panelists who have coached agencies through these kinds of changes, or currently serve as the principal public participation person for their agency.  

Saving Eden Creek: A play about people and forests, Vivian Simon-Brown, Sustainable Living Educator, Oregon State University Forestry Extension
Natural resources debates tend to be highly confrontational and controversial. We have created "Saving Eden Creek" to allow audiences to view -- through the safe environment of storytelling -- fictional characters with a variety of conservation ethics. Loggers, environmental activists, real estate developers, homeowners, and even a rare species of squirrel are respectfully represented. In this workshop, we will present a short overview of the project and its value for public participation; and then will do selected readings from the play, using readers from conference participants. We'll follow-up the performance with thought provoking conversation about the differing perspectives depicted. Each participant will receive a copy of "Saving Eden Creek" and its accompanying theater program.   Wanted: Up to 14 people to do Readers Theater. IAP2 conference attendees are urged to apply. Contact Viviane for details: viviane.simon-brown@oregonstate.edu   

Meeting at the Talk Truck:  A grassroots approach to public meetings using neighbourhood parking lots, Eileen Barron, Public Involvement Manager, Parsons Brinckeroff, Cyndi Keller
A mobile billboard named the “Talk Truck” was used to encourage public participation in the Mountain View Corridor Environmental Impact Statement, a study of a potential new freeway and transit-way in Utah, USA. The project team took the truck on a two-week “tour” of the corridor, holding informal public gatherings in visible, high-traffic locations within potentially affected neighborhoods. Hear how the Talk Truck strategy developed, fit with other P2 strategies, and successfully reached more than 800 new stakeholders.  

Interstate 69 Evansville to Indianapolis Tier 2 Studies, Jonna Stack, Director of Public Involvement, Bernardin, Lochmueller & Associates, Inc.
In March 2004 the Federal Highway Administration approved the corridor proposed in the I-69 Evansville to Indianapolis Tier 1 Environmental Impact Study.  Currently the Tier 2 Studies are underway to determine a specific alignment within that 142-mile corridor.  Bernardin, Lochmueller & Associates is coordinating the efforts of six separate firms for each of the corridor sections, and manages the overall project public involvement and section public outreach.  This project is not only an integral part of the National Highway System; it also introduces significant benefits and impacts throughout the state of Indiana, and throughout communities along the corridor.  It provides an excellent opportunity to contribute to the analysis of the public involvement field and transportation projects with both local and larger benefits and impacts.

Café: Productive Community Meetings

Henderson Project Green, Barbara Geach, Tiffany Jackson, and Gina Brooksbank, City of Henderson
Henderson Project Green, Barbara Geach,  Gina Brooksbank, Tiffany Jackson, City of Henderson
Participants will be exposed to the City of Henderson's Neighborhood Programs consulting services that enhance productive community meetings.  During the presentation, four supporting components that make up our consulting services will be introduced.  An actual case study: PROJECT GREEN, will be discussed as we walk through how the  the four supporting components were incorporated (including the IAP2 Spectrum) that lead to successful, effective, and productive community meetings and project outcome. 

Overcoming Language Barriers, Fear, and Mistrust:  Community Outreach after an Asbestos Fire, Marca Danab and Nina Deconcini, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) dealt with frightened people, language barriers, intense media coverage and a multitude of other issues when an industrial fire created many different environmental impacts including short term toxic smoke, a hazardous materials spill, dead fish and asbestos debris on residential properties. 

On March 15, 2004 a four-alarm fire at the Thermo Fluids Oil Recycling facility in a multi-ethnic Portland neighborhood resulted in the release of water treatment chemicals and oil into Johnson Creek a tributary of the Willamette River, killing thousands of fish and sending asbestos-containing fire debris into the yards of area residents.   Asbestos is a hazardous air pollutant, a known carcinogen and there is no known safe level of exposure.

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