Strong Towns Gathering: North Texas

Connect and share inspiration with fellow Strong Citizens

Strong Towns is pleased to introduce a series of regional gatherings —

and we're kicking it all off in Plano, Texas this October.

Photo by Michael Barera via Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday, October 3 – Friday, October 5, 2018

: Evening Curbside Chat featuring Charles Marohn at UT Arlington. Free and open to the public, RSVP requested.

Thursday: A full day of workshops, talks, networking and events with leading experts. Private screening of the documentary film Owned featuring a Q&A with producer/director, Giorgio Angelini.

Friday: A full morning of “next step” roundtables designed to help each registrant construct a unique action plan for the community issues they care about most.

Location: Event1013 (1013 East 15th Street Plano, TX)

Cost: $100* members, $125* non-members  (GET TICKETS)

*Does not include meals, accommodations or travel. Most event locations will be within walking distance of one another. Members, check email for discount code, or email

Presenters from the Strong Towns Staff

Lodging Options

Click here to download a full list of lodging options in and around Plano.

Transportation Options

Click here to download important information about getting to and around Plano and Arlington.

Dining Options

Click here to download a list of dining options within walking distance of our primary Plano venue.

What is the North Texas Strong Towns Gathering? 

Join Strong Towns in Texas to talk about all the ways each of us can work to make our places stronger, better places to live.

The North Texas Strong Towns Gathering will include three days of transformative events. On Wednesday, October 3rd we'll kick things off with the Curbside Chat from Strong Towns President and leading placemaking expert Chuck Marohn at the University of Texas Arlington. The Curbside Chat is a classic Strong Towns presentation that reveals why so many of our communities are struggling to pay for basic services despite decades of seemingly robust growth. This free, public presentation is open to registrants and all members of the local community.

On Thursday, Gathering registrants only will take part in a full day of workshops, lectures and breakout sessions led by local, regional, and national practitioners who know what it takes to build a strong town.

And on Friday, October 5, registrants will move into a full morning of “next step” roundtables designed to send us out into the world with the tools and relationships we need to make our places stronger.

Thursday and Friday events will be held in venues along Plano’s 15th Street, a lively, walkable main drag that showcases the best of the region. All venues will be fully accessible.

All attendees are welcome to attend the North Texas gathering. However, please be aware that the speakers and issues discussed will have a regional focus on North Texas. We plan to host three similar gatherings in other regions of the U.S. in the coming year; join our email list to find out more as the remainder of the series is announced. 

Questions? Contact our Gathering Coordinator Ivy Vann at .

Strong Towns members and enthusiasts converse at our 2017 summit in Tulsa, OK. Photo: Mike Christiansen

Strong Towns members and enthusiasts converse at our 2017 summit in Tulsa, OK. Photo: Mike Christiansen

What is the Regional Gathering series? 

After years of demand from towns and cities across the country, Strong Towns is launching a new Regional Gathering series, beginning with the North Texas region. The Regional Gathering will bring together community leaders from across the region to share ideas and stories, as well as to map a revolutionary way forward to create enduring prosperity. At our first gathering, we will focus on the struggles and opportunities unique to communities in North Texas, as well as issues affecting the region as a whole.

The Strong Towns North Texas Gathering is now accepting sponsorship requests.

Please contact our Development Director, Bo Wright, to learn more.