2014-01 Citizens’ Academy

2014-01 SCHEDULE

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

Bill Mahar, MLA, MUD, WM Consulting &
Will Kerns, AICP, Open Plan Consultants, LLC
presentation - complete streets worksheet

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

Program Mission

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.


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