Sessions & Speakers

manchester, vermont • september 7-8
Taconic Hotel
3835 Main Street
Manchester Village, Vermont 05254




The 2017 Conference will offer a full schedule of sessions organized into three tracks:

Public Engagement. Participate in a planning charrette and pop-up demonstration, engage with the community in a planning conversation, and dig deep into how to communicate with the public and facilitate productive meetings.
Food Systems. Local food is no longer a fad and it interfaces with many aspects of community planning. Local food is a growing economic sector in rural and small towns across the region, it is a cornerstone of efforts to improve community health, and it is helping to maintain the working landscapes that are one of the defining features of northern New England.
New Technology. Crowd sourcing apps, electronic records, drones, green construction materials – new technology is changing how we do our work. Learn more about can planners use these new tools and materials effectively and creatively.
Mobile Workshops. We will be heading out into the streets, parking lots, fields and farms of Manchester to examine our three themes in the real world. Learn how Manchester is working to transform its downtown from an auto-oriented outlet retail center into a pedestrian- and bike-friendly four-season destination, explore new technologies and techniques in stormwater management, tour local farms and agritourism destinations, and more…

…still a work in progress, so check back again as we continue to refine and add more information about the program.

Thursday, September 7
8:00 am Registration
8:45 am Changing the Conversation. We’ve all had that public meeting where the conversation turns angry, loops endlessly, or goes way beyond left field. Our morning plenary will offer insight into how to better understand what people are saying and why, so that we can become more effective facilitators and lead productive meetings.
10:00 am Moving Around Manchester. Back to the Land. How to help new, first-time farmers find and secure farmland in your community. Meet and Interact. Explore how to integrate technological gadgets and apps into your community engagement process. Flying Lesson. Students from UVM’s Spatial Analysis Lab will provide an in-depth demonstration in the field of how drones can be used to collect spatial data and the types of analyses that are possible with this newly available data.
11:15 am Food Dollars Droning On. Are there any planners out there who don’t want a drone? If there are, after this session there certainly won’t be.
12:15 pm Lunch
12:45 pm In the Market
2:00 pm Brand Name Manchester A Fresh Approach to Revitalizing Downtown. Bring the farm downtown through farmers markets, local restaurants and retailers specializing in local products. Street Legal Tour de Manchester
4:30 pm Farmers’ Market Mixer
Friday, September 8
6:00 am Build! Get up early and participate in the construction of a pop-up installation.
6:45 am Morning Workout… then enjoy the all-you-can-eat breakfast on NNECAPA guilt-free. VPA members will be leading groups out on a 45-minute walk, run or bike ride.
8:00 am
8:00 am   Registration
8:15 am We’re Toast – Unless You Join Us for Breakfast. Yes, this is the NNECAPA business meeting and no, this year you cannot hit the snooze button. First, the breakfast is going to be great! Second, there is really important business to discuss about how NNECAPA and our three state planning organizations can become more effective and sustainable.
9:30 am Demonstrate! Help put the finishing touches on a pop-up installation and explore how this technique can be used in your community and how to move a successful demonstration project through to final implementation. What’s Left on Your Plate. Get Your Geek On. This session can be summarized as “exciting new data sets and the cool things that planners can do with them” – if you are into spreadsheets and infographics, don’t miss it. Rain or Shine. The planners of this mobile workshop are actually hoping for rain to showcase new stormwater management materials and techniques.
10:30 am
 10:45 am Cafeteria Food. Apparently the words “fresh” and “healthy” can be used to describe the meals served at school and other institutional cafeterias these days… will wonders never cease. New Data Proves Northern New England Is Not Flat… how to get and use LIDAR mapping in your community.
 11:45 am
 11:45 am   Lunch. It will be food planner-style – make and take a sandwich to the session or gathering place of your choice.
12:00 pm Urban Tactics Nature’s Bounty There’s an App for That Down on the Farm
1:15 pm Stories from the Street Planning4Health #NewTech #NewEthics
2:45 pm Departure




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