Consortium for Scenario Planning 2019 Conference

Our third-annual conference was held on November 6–8, 2019 in scenic Hartford, Connecticut, and co-hosted by the Capitol Region Council of Governments. With more than 70 attendees, the event marked a new stage of growth for the practice of scenario planning and for the Consortium.

The cutting-edge event brought together practitioners, consultants, and academics who use scenarios to develop more equitable and inclusive places, address economic and environmental challenges, respond to infrastructural needs, and more.

If you have ideas for next year’s conference or are interested in learning more about joining the Consortium, please contact Scenario Planning Manager Heather Hannon at hhannon@lincolninst.edu.

Conference Highlights


As the Consortium for Scenario Planning expands, conference participants helped shaped the future of the group.


Centered around “Paths to Resilience,” the 2019 program included a range of tracks: introductory, transportation, climate scenarios, and more.

CTFastrak Tour

The guided tour of Hartford’s bus rapid transit system featured planning and economic officials who spoke transit oriented development.

Hartford Hosts

Staff from the Capitol Region Council of Governments explained how they built staff capacity and support for a scenario planning process in Hartford.


Social events in the evening enabled both new and returning participants to debrief on the day and make connections for future collaborations.

Unconference Sessions

On the final day, participants drove the agenda, presenting projects in progress and seeking expert feedback from colleagues.

Notes from Participants

Dispatches from the EDR Group

Conference presenter and participant Scott Middleton recounts his experiences in Hartford, including his exploration of destination accessibility in transportation planning and the CTfastrak bus rapid transit tour.

Participant-Led Talks