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Regional Livability Workshop Process and Results

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) began the workshop planning by dividing the country into five regions. A city and organization in each region was then identified to host the workshops. The regions, meeting dates, and host locations are listed below.

Picture of people talking together around tables at the Boston Regional Livability Workshop
Boston workshop discussions.

The meetings brought together regional leaders on livability from metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), transportation agencies, city governments, county governments, private developers, public developers, State departments of transportation (DOTs), nonprofit organizations, housing agencies, community developers, transit agencies, environmental and resource preservation, and others. To identify participants with relevant experience that could provide valuable input during the workshops, the following activities were conducted in order to develop a potential participant list:

Each meeting had between 27 and 30 participants, plus 13 to 20 Federal participants from FHWA, FTA, EPA, and HUD, and representatives from the Center for Disease Control (Atlanta), and National Park Service (Denver).

Prior to each meeting, participants received read-ahead materials including The Role of FHWA Programs in Livability: State of the Practice Summary paper, a workshop logistics packet, and a link to the FHWA/FTA Livability in Transportation Guidebook. These materials helped to prep participants for a hands-on working session, including limited presentations, large-group discussions, and small-group brainstorming and strategy development. During discussions, participants noted issues from the perspective of their agency, from their own perspective, and any relevant regional issues and/or successes. Below is the general agenda for each meeting.

Time Session
7:30-8:00 am Arrivals/Informal Networking
8:00-8:30 am Welcome and Introductions
8:30-8:45 am Setting the Stage for Livability
8:45-9:45 am Identifying Challenges to Livability
9:45 am-12:00 pm Overcoming Challenges
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00-3:00 pm Regional Livability Planning Strategies
3:00-4:30 pm Identifying Opportunities
4:30-5:00 pm Closing and Next Steps

After each meeting, participant feedback was collected and their suggestions were shared with FHWA and incorporated into subsequent meetings whenever possible.

Complete summaries of each workshop are provided in subsequent sub-sections in order of their occurrence. Appendix B includes all workshop PowerPoint presentations in the same order.

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Updated: 1/3/2014
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