Chelan, WA

Campbell’s Resort at Lake Chelan
104 W Woodin Ave
Chelan, WA 98816

As part of the Strong America Tour, Strong Towns President Chuck Marohn will deliver two presentations at the 2019 Annual Conference for the Association of Washington City Planning Directors.

10 a.m. to 12 p.m: Keynote Address: The Curbside Chat

In the Curbside Chat, we explain, in plain language, how so many American cities have found themselves in decline after decades of “growth.” The problem lies in the current model of development — one which values short-term gains over long-term prosperity. To strengthen our cities and ensure their economic success, we must look to traditional ways of building cities. In this presentation, we show how active citizens, local officials and design professionals can change the negative trajectory in their towns and help them to become more resilient — no matter what challenges lie ahead.

This core Strong Towns presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient in an uncertain future.

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Breakout Session: 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.

A portfolio of incremental projects, each building on observed needs and past successes, is the basis of a solid, long term investment strategy for communities of any size. It is an approach that fits into every budget. It will empower a local government to move beyond the lack of ownership and control that comes with traditional grant programs. And most importantly, you can get started right now.

A Neighborhoods First presentation will demonstrate how to take less risk and grow financially stronger, all while directly serving the people already living and working in your city.

Registration to the 2019 Annual Conference for the Association of Washington City Planning Directors will be required to attend this event, and sign-up details are still forthcoming. Subscribe to Strong Towns email for the latest updates.