The Citizen’s Academy will be held on Wednesdays,
6 to 9 pm beginning on March 5 and ending on April 16.
Session 1: Welcome & Introductions
Kathleen Osher, Transit Alliance - presentation
State of Transit in Our Region – Pauletta Tonilas, RTD – presentation
Session 2: Regional Planning & Vision with DRCOG
Brad Calvert & Ashley Kaade, DRCOG - presentation
Session 3: Denver Regional Equity Atlas & Walk the Line
Ashley Summers, DRCOG – presentation
Session 4: The Built Environment & Health/Benefits of Complete Streets
Session 5: Data in TOD Planning & Evaluation
Genevieve Hutchison, RTD & Molly Veldkamp, Fehr & Peers – presentation
Patrick McLaughlin, RTD & Lindsey Sousa, Parsons Brinckerhoff – presentation
David Gaspers, City & County of Denver – presentation
Session 6: Keeping the Denver Region Competitive & DDD Sneak Peak
Tom Clark, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation – presentation
Denver Design District, Dan Cohen, D4 Urban – presentation
Session 7: Action Plan Presentations
The Citizen’s Academy will develop community leaders that are poised to advocate for everyday transit and the valuable lifestyle it creates for residents in the Denver metro region. Academy graduates will be equipped to provide relevant and timely information to help policy makers, business leaders, and the general public make informed decisions about transportation choices and transportation infrastructure investments in our region.
Academy graduates will:
- Educate citizens about transit and its important linkages to quality of life.
- Actively educate citizens about the importance of transportation infrastructure investment.
- Educate others about transit and community development in the Denver region and take on expanded leadership roles.
- Explain TOD in a manner that the average citizen would understand to educate the public about its benefits and tradeoffs.