Tuesdays at APA–DC

Linking Communities Together Through Innovative Regional Transportation Planning

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 • 5:30 p.m. ET

Join APA for Infrastructure Week on May 12.

Metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and regional planning councils are in the midst of a wave of innovative practices in how they work with communities to create long-range plans and how they work with local jurisdictions to implement land use, transportation and development decisions that support regional outcomes.

Mariia Zimmerman will share highlights of recent work that she has conducted through her company, MZ Strategies, looking at some of the emerging best practices including highlights from the Innovative MPO Guidebook published by Transportation for America. Specifically, what types of local assistance programs are being created to foster more livable communities, how are regional agencies incorporating social equity into their investment decisions, and what role are MPOs and regional planning agencies playing in cross sector regional collaboratives.

Erich Zimmermann will focus on how MPOs and regional planners are innovating to provide better value to the communities they serve. Regional planners across the country are finding new ways to demonstrate their important role in transportation, economic development, and community well-being.

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Mariia ZimmermanMariia Zimmerman is a transportation expert providing planning and policy consulting services to local communities, governments, foundations, and national advocacy organizations. She brings almost 20 years of policy experience including senior leadership positions with the federal government, the national Center for Transit-Oriented Development, and on Capitol Hill. Zimmerman specializes in collaborative efforts to update land use policies and align funding programs to support equitable development, and integrate regional transportation, housing, and economic planning to support thriving and inclusive communities. More information may be found at www.mzstrategies.com.

Erich ZimmermannErich Zimmermann is responsible for the National Association of Regional Council's (NARC) transportation portfolio, which includes managing priorities for member metropolitan planning organizations and regional transportation planning organizations. He works with members to refine policy priorities and recommendations for the federal surface transportation authorization and amplifies these messages to Congress and the administration. Zimmermann manages and executes NARC's transportation technical assistance and education program, providing a suite of member outreach, training, and peer networking opportunities on transportation issues. Previously, he spent nearly a decade at Taxpayers for Common Sense.

Urban Design and the Capital City

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 • 5:30 p.m. ET

Washington, D.C., has long been shaped as a city of big ideas within a planning framework befitting the image of a capital city. Now well into its third century, the nation's capital is emerging as a vibrant, modern metropolis that has more than lived up to the ambitious plans that have shaped it.

As the city continues to grow, it now faces new 21st century challenges that will require creative thinking and inspiring urban design to ensure Washington remains the enduring model of what a capital city should be. The architecture and urban design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill recently invested in this challenge by bringing a formal planning presence back to its Washington office, enhancing its long-standing presence as urban designers in this region at the same time that it continues to work at the forefront of designing flexible frameworks for entire new cities all around the world.

Roger Weber, SOM's senior urban designer in Washington, will talk about SOM's work in Washington, linking the local challenges the city faces to the global challenges of urbanization all around the world. He will share his thoughts on some of the big ideas that will allow Washington to continue to compete globally as a model of livability and sustainability, as well as lessons it has wrought for the development of new cities elsewhere.

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Roger WeberRoger Weber is the senior urban designer in the Washington, D.C., office of the City Design Practice for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The City Design Practice is a multi-disciplinary studio of architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, landscape architects, and computational experts who respond to a rapidly urbanizing world by creating comprehensive master plans that define flexible, location-specific frameworks of infrastructure and natural systems upon which cities can grow incrementally. While preferring to redesign previously developed areas, the practice follows a set of holistic design principles that generally includes transit-supported, mixed-use densities with walkable neighborhoods and routine access to nature. The efficient use of resources, environmental sensitivity and respect for local culture are guiding values in its designing human habits for the healthful pursuit of happiness.

Tuesdays at APA–DC

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APA's Washington Office
1030 15th St., NW
Suite 750W
Washington, DC 20005

APA's Washington, D.C., office is located on the corner of 15th and L Streets NW. Please use the entrance on 15th Street. Let security know you are there to attend an event at the American Planning Association and they will direct you to the elevator to the 7th floor.

Several public transportation lines are close by, including the red (Farragut North station) and orange (McPherson Square station) lines. Several Capital Bikeshare stations are also nearby (17th & K; Thomas Circle). Additionally, several paid parking garages are available nearby.

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