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2017 Speaker / Film Series
The Sustainable Future: Constructing a Food System that Restores Planetary and Human Health Speaker: Benjamin F. Friton SUMMARY: Mr. Friton will be discussing how we can create the most ecological agricultural systems and communities ever devised. He will demonstrate some of the technologies that give us a glimpse into places that no generation of humans has ever been able to see and how we can leverage those technologies to better inform our decisions going forward. He will give examples of how biomimicry (mimicry of thriving ecosystems) in both agricultural systems and communities, will be the most important shift in dealing with every aspect of our changing climate… from desertification, disruptions and depletion of hydrology, climactic extremes and inconsistencies, food security, homeland security and impending global refugee crises, to the growing importance of producing nutrient dense foods while using less energy, sprays and additives in our ever degrading landscapes.
Past, Present and Future: Economic Development Opportunities and Challenges for Prince George’s County, Maryland Over the past eight years, Prince George’s County, Maryland has applied numerous tools, strategies and initiatives to address its economic development challenges, and experienced some positive results as well as obstacles along the way. Mr. Iannucci will talk about projects that were put in place in 2010, and big projects on the horizon or in the pipeline that need to come to fruition. He will brief us on some of the ongoing impediments that the County faces, both external and internal, and how we need to break through to overcome difficulties and maintain progressive forward movement.
Strategizing for Retail: Understanding How the "Retail Apocalypse" Impacts Planning. Retail apocalypse is term that has recently emerged to describe our economic environment, which is characterized by mass store closures, a rise in e-commerce, and an overabundance of retail space. From closing department stores to vacant storefronts, evidence of this economic shift is apparent along commercial corridors throughout the country, and even right here in Prince George’s County. Our speaker, Mr. Boone will tell us where this retail is going, and how we can proactively bolster our communities and ensure that they are economically resilient. Join us for a presentation on these factors, what they mean for local and regional communities and how we can address this shifting economic landscape through planning and economic development work.
A Recipe for Award-Winning On-line Community Engagement VIDEO (1 hour) and Brief Discussion From the video’s host, Dave Biggs, MetroQuest: In partnership with the American Planning Association and co-sponsored by the International Association for Public Participation, this highly visual webinar will present proven best practices, research findings, practical tips and award-winning case studies to guide agencies towards the successful application of online community engagement for planning projects. Participants will walk away with an understanding about how to leverage digital citizen engagement to achieve unprecedented results using cost-effective tools.
Planning for and Operating Efficient Schools - Mike Dieterich, Rise Industries This presentation will introduce and explore the concepts of sustainability and resilience as they are applied to the development of public facilities.
Big Data and Technology for Mobility: Market-Oriented Transit Corridor Planning and Autonomous Cars and Buses - Nat Bottigheimer, Fehr & Peers and Renata Haberkam, The Traffic Group, Inc. Around the County, jurisdictions are grappling with how to plan for emerging transportation trends. In mass transit, the demand to incorporate Bus rapid-transit (BRT) into automobile-centric environments is increasing, and the traditional approach to transit modelling is proving to be insufficient.