An Ounce of Prevention v. A Pound of Cure: Two Solutions to Educating the Public about Transportation Planning

APA Florida Chapter

#9130928

Thursday, September 7, 2017
4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT

Overview

The age-old expression that ‘an ounce of prevention is easier than a pound of cure’ proves true with public outreach. In the world of transportation planning, community education is vital to connecting the public with the projects that agencies complete. Join us for an in-depth look at a case study that provides insight into building goodwill within a community with a controversial project 30 years in the making. Afterwards, we will examine a possible remedy for the phenomenon known as the Silver Tsunami, with baby boomers retiring without replacing them poses a threat to the future of the transportation industry.

 

Our session kicks off with a ‘pound of cure’; a dissection of a controversial project in Deerfield Beach, Florida. SW 10th Street, a 2.1 mile gap in south Florida’s highway network, is bordered by residential neighborhoods and has remained a missing connection for over 30 years. The need for an unprecedented level of public outreach called for creation of the SW 10th Street Consensus Building Initiative. This roundtable introduced advanced planning and design topics to appointed community members in order to gain consensus on the future of the SW 10th Street corridor.  Together, we will explore the challenges of bridging the technical and policy gap between transportation officials and the community.

 

 

 

How do we educate the public as early as possible? Our panel recognized a possible ‘ounce of prevention’ is extensive outreach to students. We engage students of all grade levels; from elementary school students dreaming all the possibilities tomorrow can bring, to college and high school students positioning themselves to face the future and enter the workforce.  For instance, our Think Like A Planner Workshop series, provides participating high school students with the opportunity to shadow transportation professionals and conduct their own short group presentations before elected officials. In addition, keeping students engaged by mentoring and sponsoring initiatives.

 

 

 

Join us for an in-depth look at a case study that provides insight into building consensus within a community with a controversial project 30 years in the making.  Afterwards, we will examine a possible remedy for the phenomenon known as the Silver Tsunami, with baby boomers retiring without replacing them poses a threat to the future of the transportation industry.

 

Speakers

Scott Peterson, PE

Invited Speaker

FDOT, District 4, Project Development Manager. Scott covers 5 counties in SE Florida. Scott has been with FDOT for 24 years and spent over 22 years in roadway design both as a transportation designer and a project manager. Scott graduated from Florida International University with a B.S. degree in ... Read More

Paul Calvaresi

Invited Speaker

Broward MPO Local Governmental Services Manager. Paul has a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University, as well as a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He is project manager for a wide variety of initiatives ranging from railroad quiet zones, to ... Read More

Jessica Josselyn

Invited Speaker

Kittleson & Associates, Associate Planner. Jessica was trained as a civil engineer from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, she discovered a passion for planning communities several years into her career. Her most notable achievement is a transportation plan that included 25-years’ worth of transportation investments throughout Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Outside ... Read More

Anthea Thomas

Invited Speaker

Broward MPO, Public Outreach Manager. Anthea has a Bachelor’s of Science in Hospitality Management from Florida International University. Her eclectic background includes 14 years of experience ranging from public sector with the Florida Department of Transportations (FDOT) District Six Eminent Domain office to private sector with URS Corporation (now ... Read More

Contact Info

Julia Magee, fapa@floridaplanning.org