Livable Communities / Regional Futures Forum - 2024

April 12, 2024

RIPD will be hosting our annual Livable Communities / Regional Futures Forum on Friday, April 12th from noon to 5 pm in Minneapolis.

You can view the agenda and RSVP at this link. Please RSVP by Monday, April 8th. We look forward to you attending!

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Regional Futures Forum - 2023

March 31, 2023

The Regional Futures Forum is conducted in coordination with the American Planning Conference. RIPD hosted our 2023 Livable Communities Forum in Philadelphia on Friday, March 31st.

For the past decade, RIPD has supported peer learning among regional planners by offering a day-long forum on livable communities or regional futures. This event is typically sponsored in conjunction with the National Planning Conference, though it did move into a virtual format in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The forum is designed to share emerging practices and lift up the ways we are addressing challenges often unique to regional agencies. Our goals are to share information on regional programs and strategies for integrating livable communities into regional work programs, while also providing opportunities for regional peers to network.

2023 Forum Agenda

Regional Futures Forum - 2022

April 29, 2022

The 2022 Regional Futures Forum examined the creation of new regional plans covering a wide variety of topics, with a focus on meeting regional housing needs. Additionally, speakers from APA explored new federal policies and investments that will have an impact on regional planning efforts for years to come.

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Regional Futures Forum - 2020

October 20, 2020

In 2020, the Regional Futures Forum was conducted virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The forum this year included two plenaries and two networking break outs which covered a range of topics and trends related to regional planning. The first plenary explored the short and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on regional housing and real estate markets, transportation systems, employment trends, and local budgets. The second plenary spotlighted efforts to address long-standing racial disparities in Atlanta GA and Columbus OH; and the role of regional agencies to address inequity in their regional planning work and from their own practices.

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Some of our recent webinars include:

Sustainability Planning in Metropolitan Los Angeles

November 28, 2023

This is the first book to identify and summarize all of the sustainability plans affecting Metropolitan Los Angeles. While this policy handbook approaches sustainability through the lens of those within the Los Angeles city limits, it also provides pointers to sustainability plans in the other counties and key cities of metropolitan Los Angeles. It also helps to frame sustainability planning internationally, nationally, and throughout the state of California. Finally, it presents summaries of highly-regarded historical and societal science interpretations of the importance of the Los Angeles region.

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Collaborative Planning for Climate Resilience

March 15, 2022

The Collaborative Planning for Climate Resilience webinar is presented by Dr. Julie Kalansky, climate scientist with Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), along with planners Bob Leiter, Cary Lowe, and special guest speaker Coleen Clementson, Deputy CEO of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). They outline the publication of the same title, providing a planning framework for climate resilience and adaptation planning in the San Diego region.

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Creative Placemaking in Rail Transit Corridors

November 10, 2021

Co-editors and authors of Creative Placemaking in Rail Transit Corridors, Mark VanderSchaaf and Brenda Kayzar, talked to Annis Sengupta, Director of Arts and Culture at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in the Boston region and Alexis Moore, Principal Planner at the City of Lakewood in the Denver region, about their strategies and gather insights related to the creative placemaking process.

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