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The NJTPA scenario planning workshop allowed workshop participants to better understand the scenario planning process, learn from peer experts, identify noteworthy scenario planning practices, and test NJTPA and TNJ's proposed outreach tools, including the shared values exercise and chip game.
The feedback provided during the workshop will assist NJTPA and TNJ in refining their scenario planning approach and outreach to stakeholders so that they can effectively engage stakeholders and encourage input about the future of northern New Jersey. As a result of the workshop, participants had the opportunity to learn more about NJTPA's upcoming scenario planning activities.Information collected at the end of the workshop indicated that participants believed that their knowledge of scenario planning had increased as a result of the workshop and that the discussions and presentations during the event were effective in expanding their awareness of scenario planning best practices.
In addition to the benefits provided to workshop participants, the NJTPA scenario planning workshop offered a forum for peer-to-peer discussions, which focused on effective techniques and approaches for scenario planning. The presentations by the peer experts further demonstrated scenario planning best practices. Peer experts shared their experiences and lessons learned directly with participants and NJTPA staff to showcase helpful strategies for the scenario planning process, including visioning, evaluating trade-offs, and involving the public.
The workshop encouraged participation from many stakeholders. Representatives from several Federal agencies, including FHWA, FTA, HUD, and EPA, attended the event and were involved in its planning. Many of TNJ's partners and steering committee members also participated. Federal involvement in the workshop allowed for connections to be made between HUD regional planning grant activities and the scenario planning technical assistance offered by FHWA and FTA for agencies involved in the transportation planning process. The NJTPA scenario planning workshop convened stakeholders, tied together regional activities across agencies, and provided a strong framework for NJTPA and TNJ as they continue with their scenario planning activities.