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Scenario Planning Peer Workshop Report - Birmingham, Alabama

Appendix C: Workshop Agenda

Time Session
7:45 - 8:15 Check-in and Registration
8:15 - 8:30 Welcome and Introduction
Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB) Executive Director Charles Ball, RPCGB Board of Directors' Chairwoman and City of Birmingham Councilor Valerie Abbott, and the Birmingham metropolitan planning organization Board of Directors' Chairman and Mayor of the City of Graysville Doug Brewer will welcome participants to the workshop, provide an overview of its purpose and goals, and introduce the workshop's speakers. Darrell Howard, Principal Transportation Planner at RPCGB, will provide an overview of the day's agenda.
8:30 - 9:00 A Federal Perspective on Scenario Planning FHWA Headquarters, FHWA Resource Center, and U.S. Department of Transportation's (USDOT) Volpe Center staff will provide an overview of the FHWA concept of scenario planning, its defining features, and some anticipated benefits of the process. Staff will introduce the FHWA Scenario Planning Guidebook and provide an overview of the Guidebook's six phases, explaining how today's workshop fits into this framework. Finally, FHWA Resource Center staff will share relevant examples of how others around the country have implemented scenario planning.
9:00 - 9:30 Land Use, Economic, and Transportation Trends in the Greater Birmingham Region
RPCGB staff and staff from the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce will present on land use, economic, and transportation trends in the greater Birmingham region. The presentation will focus on the region's growth patterns (residential and commercial), employment trends, emerging activity centers, and their relationship to transportation system investments. The presentation will also highlight future growth trends given past patterns, economic conditions that create new uncertainties, changing trends, and strategies to help future jobs development. Finally, RPCGB staff will reference how these patterns connect to national trends.
9:30 - 9:45 Question and Answer | Morning Break 1
9:45 - 10:45 Peer Presentation 1: Getting Started with Scenario Planning
Two peer speakers from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC)—Planning and Development Director Lew Villotti and Information Systems Director Kirk Brethauer—will present on SPC's scenario planning process. During this presentation, SPC speakers will focus on the early phases of SPC's scenario planning process. They will provide information on the goals and objectives of the process, SPC's initial steps to get started, its work to engage the public and build on a regional visioning process, and lessons learned from these efforts. Connections will be made between SPC's scenario planning effort and the FHWA Guidebook's six phases.
10:45 - 11:00 Morning Break 2
11:00 - 11:45 Peer Presentation Part 2: Scenario Planning Outcomes and Implementation
SPC speakers will focus on the later phases of SPC's scenario planning process. The speakers will provide information on how SPC developed scenarios with public input, created scenario indicators, and analyzed and assessed scenario outcomes using INDEX software. They will also share information on implementation and outcomes that have resulted from the scenario planning efforts.
11:45 - 1:15 Working Lunch (buffet lunch provided)
Participants will gather in small groups to consider connections between SPC's scenario planning effort and the greater Birmingham region. Following the small group discussions, participants will report on key points discussed. FHWA Resource Center staff will facilitate this session and help highlight key themes emerging from the discussions.
1:15 - 1:45 Overview of Partnership for Sustainable Communities and other Federal Initiatives
Staff from the Office of the Secretary of Transportation in the USDOT, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development will present on the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities and provide information on other Federal initiatives that could assist the greater Birmingham region as it moves forward to conduct a scenario planning process. Speakers will share examples of success resulting from the Partnership and provide details on how Federal coordination can benefit the greater Birmingham region.
1:45 - 2:00 Afternoon Break
2:00 - 3:00 How Scenario Planning Might Work in the Greater Birmingham Region
Participants will gather in small groups to explore potential next steps to moving forward with scenario planning in the greater Birmingham region. They will discuss what resources might be available to support the effort and what issues should be addressed. Throughout the small group discussions, participants will report on key points discussed. FHWA Resource Center staff will facilitate this session.
3:00 -3:30 Facilitated Question and Answer | Wrap-Up
Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions about the previous sessions, including the breakout sessions. FHWA Resource Center staff will facilitate this session and will provide a brief summary of key points and highlights discussed during the workshop. RPCGB staff will also share their observations on the day and may identify potential next steps for the region.
Updated: 05/14/2014
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