Innovative and Measurable Public Engagement in a Digital Age

APA North Carolina Chapter


Wednesday, September 27, 2017
2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT

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Intended to provide professional planners with principles and skills for meaningful, effective engagement of residents and stakeholders which can be applied immediately.   Beginning with fundamental principles and concepts, followed by various styles and methods, and concluding with application techniques.

Apathy, complexity, preconceived ideas, and busy schedules limit resident’s and stakeholder’s desire and ability to attend public meetings.  Historically, organizations have relied on a standard public meeting format to obtain input, add project and political risk to this equation and it increases the need for purposeful engagement.  How can local governments minimize time and risk associated with controversial or complex projects through meaningful public input?  This session will outline lessons learned and strategies for being inclusive.


Emily Parker

Confirmed Speaker

Emily Parker is a Senior Planner in Centralina’s Planning Department and serves the organization and region in a range of capacities. Emily designs, coordinates and implements meetings and public participation processes for communities around the region. She provides staff support and guidance for stakeholder groups, appointed commissions, and committees ... Read More

Jessica Hill, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Jessica Hill is the Assistant Planning Director for the Centralina Council of Governments. She provides planning services to the nine counties and jurisdictions within in the areas of land use and transportation planning, facilitation and public engagement, and sustainability. Her work focuses on helping local governments solve for community challenges ... Read More

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