|#e.24827||Tuesday 1:00PM to 2:30PM
October 29, 2013
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Dialogo on the Border: A Unique Experience
APA Regional & Intergovernmental Planning Division
This webinar, co-sponsored by the APA Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division and Latinos and Planning Division, is the second in a series that will provide training to urban planners and professionals in related fields on best practices in cross-border regional planning along the U.S. / Mexico border. This second webinar will focus on an initiative of the Latinos and Planning Division called Dialogos and specifically on the first dialogo on the border.
This event was held on April 19-20, 2013 in Brownsville, a border city in Texas. *Please note: Webinar time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm CT
Speakers in this webinar will include the Chair of the Latinos and Planning Division and dialogo organizers and speakers.
The webinar will present lessons learned in the community engagement effort resulting from the dialogo in a border area: demographic realities, perceptions about poverty and isolation in border towns, and economic and development strategies in the planning of border areas.
Specific topics to be covered include:
• Defining Dialogos: a brief history of these community engagement efforts around the US and specifically the event in Brownsville
• Overview of the border area in terms of economic and social variables. Examples of successful city planning efforts to recover economic activity and the use of public spaces in border cities in Texas.
• Discussion on social equity in a cross-border context; education opportunities and job availability
• Using arts and cultural expressions to inspire the planning process; an example in a Dialogo setting
Through real examples discussed during the Dialogo, the experiences of the City of Brownsville, the City of Harlingen, the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville, and the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College have engaged in creative and successful projects to improve living conditions in this border region were shared.
Speakers will share “lessons learned” and discuss emerging issues that are now being addressed through collaborative planning efforts. One example coming from UT-Brownsville are "los abuelitos” projects, which are designed to raise awareness of the rich history of Latinos in border areas. The social implications of such efforts have been positive making local populations re-value their heritage. Equally, through the use of the arts and cultural expression techniques, webinar participants will learn unique ways to engage local communities. The webinar will emphasize the ways in which this was done during the dialogo with the objective to make evident the relevance of promoting collaboration among municipalities, community-based organizations, and academia.
*Please note: Webinar time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm CT