Monthly Peer Exchange Meetups

The Consortium provides monthly peer exchange virtual meetups for anyone in need of scenario planning guidance and expertise from their peers. View the topics and web meeting details below, and prepare to join us.

Each virtual meetup follows a standard format of topic presentation with topic-related questions and answers for the first 30 minutes, while the last 30 minutes provide an open forum for discussions of any type. During the latter part, attendees explain the scenario planning challenges they face, and others provide guidance for how to address the challenges. Attendees will be able to connect via email/phone with specific peers after meetups for ongoing advice.

Please note, Peer Exchange Meetups for July through December 2019 have been tentatively put on hold. 

Tuesday, March 12 at 1:30-2:30 ET

Topic: Scenario Planning Building Blocks: Tailoring your process

Description: Whether you are embarking on your first scenario planning process or looking for a clear, systematic method for building out a scenario planning process, the Consortium is working on such a proposal. Consortium staff will share the latest thinking on this topic, and the focus will be on gaining feedback from attendees on ways to improve the proposal.

Speaker: Janae Futrell, Decision Support Fellow

Web meeting details: Available here

 

Tuesday, April 9 at 1:30-2:30 ET

Topic: Scenario Planning Mission Identification: Setting your direction

Description: The first step in any scenario planning process is establishing the mission while pinpointing the most appropriate scenario planning type, or mix of types, to suit your needs. We’ll learn from the experience of the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), based in Kansas City, MO, about how they’ve leveraged scenario planning to revolutionize their Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for 2050. This meetup will show you how a scenario planning process works in practice (it’s not only for transportation planners!).

Speakers:

  • Frank Lenk – Director of Research Services, MARC
  • Andrea Repinsky – GIS Specialist III, MARC
  • Martin Rivarola – Assistant Director of Transportation and Land Use Planning, MARC

Agenda:

  1. Interview and presentation with MARC, Q&A to follow (30 minutes)
    1. Goal setting and purpose
    2. Anticipated results and barriers encountered
    3. Methods for involving external stakeholders
    4. Project timeline
  2. Open peer exchange on other topics of interest (30 minutes)

Web meeting details: Available here

 

Tuesday, May 14 at 1:30-2:30 ET

Topic: Scenario Planning for Managing Transportation Unknowns

Description: Staff with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) will share how they’ve leveraged exploratory scenario planning methods on the Connections 2045 Long-Range Plan for Greater Philadelphia. The purpose of using exploratory scenario planning for this planning effort was to manage transportation unknowns and uncertainties pertaining to Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), mobility as a service (MaaS), and other considerations. Digital equity was also a major focus area in the planning effort.

Speakers:

  • Brett Fusco – Manager, Long-range Planning
  • Jackie Davis – Senior Planner

Agenda:

  1. Interview and presentation with DVRPC
  2. Q&A with DVRPC
  3. Call for topics of interest at upcoming meetups

Web meeting details: Available here

Tuesday, June 11 at 1:30-2:30 ET

Please note, the June Peer Exchange Meetup has been cancelled. Peer Exchange Meetups for July through December 2019 have been tentatively put on hold.