This page is to assist organizations and/or individuals who are hosting a Strong Towns event.
If you are interested in hosting an event in your area, please click here to get started.
What to expect
Over the coming weeks and months, Strong Towns staff will be in touch with you to help prepare for the event. You can expect the following:
- Rachel Quednau, Communications Specialist, will contact you about advertising and promoting the event.
- Michelle Erfurt will continue to work with you to finalize event details.
- The event will be listed on our Event page.
- We will feature the event on our website, podcast and/or social media to help promote the work you are doing.
- We will contact our members and supporters in the area via email and invite them to attend the event.
Resources for Your Event
Click on the items below to download
- Biography of Charles Marohn
- Strong Towns logo, headshots and promotional photos
- Tips for Funding a Strong Towns Visit
Additional support we can provide
- Press releases, interviews, and op-eds for your local paper. Contact Rachel Quednau at email@example.com if you are interested in this.
- Follow-up events in your area or region. Contact Michelle Erfurt at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this.
+ Curbside Chat
The Curbside Chat is a presentation followed by a community-specific discussion about the financial health of our places.
• Why are our cities and towns so short of resources despite decades of robust growth?
• Why do we struggle at the local level just to maintain our basic infrastructure?
• What do we do now that the economy has changed so dramatically?
The answers lie in the way we have developed; the financial productivity of our places. This stunning presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient and obtain true prosperity during changing times.
Topics covered include: America's Suburban Experiment; the Growth Ponzi Scheme; the illusion of wealth; mechanisms of growth; and incremental and traditional development models.
+ Transportation in the Next American City
For more than six decades, local governments have been accustomed to building new transportation infrastructure, expanding existing systems in addition to constructing completely new facilities. While liabilities have grown, transportation funding has not kept up. Now there is a desperate need for local governments to shift from building to maintaining, from an approach that emphasizes expansion to one where we mature our use of existing investments. In difficult economic times, this is a scary, but necessary, realignment.
Topics Covered: centralization vs. local decisionmaking; roads, streets and stroads; congestion and safety; the role of state and federal funding; transit; walkability; and bike options.
+ Neighborhoods First
Risky, low returning projects too often become expensive boondoggles that haunt a community for decades. Public officials everywhere are desperately seeking an alternative. This talk will cover the "Neighborhoods First" approach to show how a community can grow stronger by making small, incremental investments over time. By observing how neighbors live their lives, by asking them where their daily struggles are, by getting out on the street and discovering what is actually going on, any local government can discern what their community’s pressing needs are. These projects are the high return investments and they are all around us.
Read the Neighborhoods First report, based on neighborhoods in Brainerd, MN.
+ Walking Tour
During a Charles Marohn led walking tour, attendees learn Strong Town principles as they apply to their immediate area. Participants discover how to view their neighborhood through the Strong Towns perspective while identifying current challenges and discussing possible solutions to their built environment. The walking tour is a way for attendees to see the bridge between topics shared in our Curbside Chat lecture in the local context.