Planning with (and for) Millennials
You'll learn about:
- How to create a better understanding of the issues that exist in engaging millennials in community planning
- How to make local aspects of community planning relevant to the extremely mobile millennial generation
- New approaches to capturing the attention of younger generations
According to census data, millennials surpassed the baby boomer generation in 2010 as the largest demographic group in the country. What does this mean for planning? Are planners fully engaging millennials? If so, what are the best practices? If not, how can the profession improve its outreach and education to this increasingly important group?
This session explores the new realities, generalizations, and uncertainties of the millennial generation, and specifically addresses how this generation is affecting planning and design processes for better and for worse. Is this younger generation truly detached from the planning and design process? Or are they involved in "new" ways? The answer, as you might think, is not black and white. Come to this session ready to debate, share your experiences, and learn from the experiences of others.
Confirmed SpeakerNicholas Chen, AICP is currently a community planner and urban designer at Michael Baker International in Irvine, California. His work includes community visioning, economic development plans, and a number of community outreach efforts in San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties, as well as on various projects across the nation. Prior to that, Nicholas worked for three years as a planner for The Galloway Group where he focused on site planning for new communities. He also served as the APA Student Representatives Council Executive Committee Region VI representative from 2014 to 2015 and is the current Southern California University Liaison on the APA California Chapter Board and Chair of the Orange County Young Planners Group.
Confirmed SpeakerKatie Poppel is a current graduate, concurrent Master's of Urban Design and Planning and Master's of Landscape Architecture student at the University of Washington. She received a Bachelor of Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati in 2014, with a focus on urban design. Her current research interest is international, urban public space design. She is especially interested in how public space systems, informal and formal, are established, planned, and designed with different geographical and cultural contexts. Professionally, Katie has worked with Lake2Bay (in Seattle,) the City of Chicago, Department of Buildings; Congress for the New Urbanism; Town of Buena Vista, Colorado, Global Site Plans, and The Jerde Partnership. She has also volunteered for the American Planning Association, having served as the national Student Representative Chair along with other volunteer positions at the local, university, state, and national levels. Katie is known to choose a plane to another country over a classroom leading her to Tokyo, Rome, and Copenhagen just in this past year, with many more destinations to come!
Confirmed SpeakerEllen Forthofer is currently the Communications and Outreach Coordinator at IndyGo, Indianapolis’ public transit agency. There, her work involves managing the relationship between IndyGo and the Indianapolis community it serves. She is a recent graduate of Ball State University’s Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development (‘15) and Master of Urban Design (‘16) programs, and has served as the APA Student Representatives Council Region IV representative (04/15 - 12/15) and Executive Committee Chair (01/16 - present). Ellen is most interested in how urban planning and design can affect and/or improve equity in cities. Past internships include: The Indianapolis Cultural Trail & Pacers Bikeshare, Community Food Advocates, and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Confirmed SpeakerLucas helps develop innovation ecosystems. He's the Executive Director of Domi Station, a Tallahassee-based startup incubator, and co-chair of Launch Florida, a coalition of the Sunshine State's leading innovation organizations. Lucas studied urban planning as an undergrad at Arizona State and then as a graduate student at Florida State. He's worked in commercial real estate development, economic development, and startup support.