Community Working Committees: The Next Innovation in Planning

APA Minnesota Chapter


Friday, September 29, 2017
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CDT

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The greatest asset Cities have is its community. Why not invite them to create the best outcome possible? Outdated open houses typically identify few ideas from only a small fragment of the community. These ideas are void of research, analytical thinking, collaborative engagement, community ownership, and implementation buy-in. This is where traditional engagement models fail.

The next innovation in planning is a new approach drawing community talent, resources and commitment from local stakeholders. This can only be achieved by letting the community determine the project goals and objectives supported by thorough research of all possible opportunities used successfully by other cities.

Using a practical and proven bottom-up approach, community stakeholders form “working committees” to create the community they desire. In this new approach, a wide variety of business and property owners, community supporters and city officials collaborate over many months to generate needed changes to current issues while researching successful community transforming examples of projects implemented by other cities.

This presentation showcases how the City of Cambridge embraced this innovative approach to orchestrate the revitalization of their historic downtown. Planners will learn how this process:

1. Creates social capital strengthening community’s fabric of life

2. Builds trust, understanding and long-term collaborative relationships

3. Generates ideas planners and city staff don’t have time to research

4. Establishes ever-important implementation buy-in



Lynda Woulfe

Lynda Woulfe is the City Administrator for the City of Cambridge, Minnesota. She has served in that capacity since April 2007. Lynda previously worked for the cities of Pine City and Red Wing as well as Goodhue County and the League of Minnesota Cities. Lynda is passionate about creating communities ... Read More

Todd Streeter

For 20 years, Todd Streeter has devoted his community service career to engaging diverse stakeholders for the purpose of creating a better future. Todd has held many community leadership roles including: Mayor, Chamber of Commerce President / Executive Director and Community Foundation Co-Founder, to name a few. As a community leader ... Read More

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