How can you build Strong Towns principles right into your government's plans and strategies?
In a couple weeks, Strong Towns member Kevin Shepherd will lead a live webcast discussing how his firm is integrating municipal finance and Strong Towns concepts into comprehensive plans, capital improvement project prioritization, and neighborhood revitalization strategies, and how you can do the same.
Kevin will review how he’s used concepts such as land productivity ($/acre) analysis, service costs, incremental development and strong citizens to guide a small north Texas community on the verge of growth through their planning process. He will also talk about recent presentations he’s made to the Government Finance Officers Association and Texas APA and the takeaways from planners and finance directors who participated. Chuck Marohn will help to host this presentation and lead Q&A at the end.
Date: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Time: 12pm Central
How to Sign up
This webcast is available exclusively to Strong Towns members. If you’re not a member, sign up and we’ll send you the webcast link. If you’re a member you should've received an email invitation. If you didn't receive that invitation in your inbox, please contact Rachel, our Communications Specialist, and she’ll make sure you get it.
ABOUT KEVIN SHEPHERD
Kevin is a Principal and co-founder of VERDUNITY (vur-doo-ni-tee), a Dallas-based community consulting firm focused on planning and designing neighborhoods that are fiscally and environmentally resilient. Kevin earned his Civil Engineering degree in 1994 from Texas A&M, and spent the first 17 years of his career working for large engineering firms designing infrastructure and site development projects. In 2009, his career changed course when he was offered the opportunity to serve as National Director of HDR’s Community Planning & Urban Design practice and member of the firm’s Sustainable Solutions Leadership Team. It was during this period that Kevin realized that many communities across the country were headed down a path that was depleting our natural resources and that would lead many cities to fiscal insolvency.
In 2011, he left his position with HDR to start VERDUNITY so he could help communities address these challenges. Kevin and his team help community leaders identify and implement development strategies that engage residents, reduce infrastructure costs and enhance quality of life. He’s an early supporter of Strong Towns and serves on the Board for the North Texas Chapter of CNU. Kevin writes and speaks regularly on the topics of Strong Towns, fiscally based planning, economic gardening, small scale development and the economic benefits of open space. Learn more about VERDUNITY and schedule an introductory call or workshop at www.verdunity.com.