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Pivoting to Virtual Public Engagement

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced public agencies and their consultants to rethink their approach to engaging the public and obtaining meaningful public input. This session featured a panel discussion exploring the strategies that have been successfully adopted by public agency officials and their consultants in order to engage the public and keep their projects moving forward.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to effectively engage the public and obtain meaningful public input
  • Learn about successful strategies that have been adopted for virtual engagement
  • Understand the benefits and drawbacks of virtual engagement including the importance of ensuring that public engagement is inclusive, equitable, and reaches a diverse population

Moderator:
Jennifer Toth, P.E., Director / County Engineer, Maricopa County Department of Transportation

Speakers:
  • Kristi Sebastian, Traffic Engineer, Dakota County, Minnesota
  • Eric Lamb, P.E., FITE, Transportation Planning Manager and Tiffanie Mazanek, Communications Analyst, City of Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Kristin Darr, Principal and Owner, Central Creative, Phoenix. Arizona

Contributors

  • Moderator: Jennifer Toth, P.E., Director / County Engineer, Maricopa County Department of Transportation

  • Kristi Sebastian, Traffic Engineer, Dakota County, Minnesota

    Kristi Sebastian, PE, PTOE, is a dedicated transportation manager working for transportation agencies her entire career. Over the last 20 years, Kristi serves as the traffic engineer for the Dakota County, Minnesota where she is involved in complex transportation projects both through managing projects and providing technical expertise to improve mobility and safety. Kristi is the current ITE Director for the Great Lakes District. She is active in the Minnesota County Engineers Association highway safety committee and serves on the Minnesota Toward Zero Death leadership team.

  • Kristin Darr, Principal and Owner, Central Creative, Phoenix. Arizona

    Kristin Darr is the founder of Central Creative, an Arizona small business that focuses specifically on the stakeholder and community involvement that is needed for the planning, permitting, design, and construction of infrastructure projects. During her 30-year career, Kristin’s project efforts have been award-winning, receiving nods from the American Planning Association, League of American Communication Processionals, Arizona Partnering Awards, American Public Works Association, and Women in Transportation Seminar.

  • Eric Lamb, P.E., FITE, Transportation Planning Manager | City of Raleigh, NC

    Eric J. Lamb, PE, FITE is the Transportation Planning Manager for the City of Raleigh Department of Transportation and is responsible for developing and administering the City's transportation plans. This includes the management of programs for street planning, bicycles, pedestrians, streetscapes, and long-range transit planning. He is responsible for planning and programming all of the City's transportation projects, and his division coordinates with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) on all Transportation Improvement Program projects in the City's jurisdiction.
    Eric works actively with planners, engineers, and citizens in coordinating multimodal improvements on all City street improvement projects. He serves as the staff liaison for the City's Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission, and he also serves as Vice-Chair for the Technical Coordinating Committee of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO).
    Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master's of Civil Engineering from NC State University, and he is currently registered as a professional engineer in North Carolina. He is a Fellow with the Institute of Transportation Engineers, where he is a member of the executive committee of ITE’s Public Agency Council. He served previously as President of the North Carolina Section of ITE (NCSITE) and currently serves as a representative to ITE’s Southern District.

  • Tiffanie Mazanek, Communications Analyst, City of Raleigh, North Carolina

    Tiffanie Mazanek is the Communications Analyst for the Roadway Design and Construction Division of the City of Raleigh Engineering Services Department. With a background in graphic design and customer service, her career includes retail sales management and communications for both state and municipal government. Tiffanie began her career with the City of Raleigh a little over six years ago. She is passionate about facilitating open, transparent communications between the City of Raleigh Engineers and Raleigh residents throughout the life cycle of transportation projects. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design from East Carolina University.

July 27, 2021
Tue 1:30 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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