Transportation Forum

 
 

DOWNTOWN BIZ “ROUNDS UP” 3 FORUMS IN 3 DAYS TO ENCOURAGE IMPORTANT DISCUSSION ABOUT DOWNTOWN TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND SAFETY

Downtown, Winnipeg – Join the Downtown BIZ this November at three forums that will highlight issues such as downtown safety, housing and transportation. Understanding the needs and priorities of our downtown residents, and residents of the city as a whole, is central to creating a downtown that is a more vibrant, clean, safe and green community.
“We all have a role to play in the revitalization of our downtown, so come on down and speak up! Have your voice heard!” Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown BIZ declared. “This is a chance to ask questions and learn from others who are stepping up and taking the lead on these important downtown issues.”
The forum will take place over the course of November, as follows:
1. Forum on Downtown Transportation
This is a chance to learn from key experts about the successes and shortcomings experienced by comparable cities with respect to designing and implementing their rapid transit systems, including supporting active transportation initiatives to improve passenger mobility, system connectivity, and community accessibility. This event will engage stakeholders in dialogue with experienced urban planners to discuss the promotion of urban transit as key to the prosperity of our city.
November 2nd, 2011
Manitoba Hydro Building (360 Portage Avenue)
Forum: 6:30 – 7:30pm (Room 305-306) Free food!
Special presentations by: Joe Cortright (CEOs for Cities) and Alan Hoffman (Mission Group)
Joe Cortright is President and principal economist for Impresa, a Portland consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, innovation and industry clusters. Joe is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and senior policy advisor for CEOs for Cities, a national organization of urban leaders. He has served as an advisor to state and local governments, private businesses, foundations and advocacy groups in more than a dozen states, Canada and Europe.
Alan Hoffman is the Founder of the Mission Group, a transportation and land use planning firm based in San Diego, California. He applies advanced market research techniques to help guide the development of public transportation, land use planning, urban development, and long-range planning strategies in cities across the United States and throughout the world.
 
2. Forum on Downtown Housing
Increasing the residential population is critical in creating a more vibrant downtown. Come find out about the City of Winnipeg’s Downtown Housing Plan. Learn about current and proposed housing developments, and interact with key decision-makers who are working for and promoting housing initiatives downtown.
November 8th, 2011
Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe (237 McDermot Avenue)
Pre-forum Mingling: 4:30-5pm / Forum: 5-7pm Free food!
Moderated by: Dan Lett and Bartley Kives, Winnipeg Free Press
With noon-hour “Work/Live” housing tours, register here: myplaceisdowntown.com
Forum Panelists
Christopher Leo, University of Winnipeg, Department of Politics
John Giavedoni, Residents of the Exchange District, Executive Director
Justin Swandel, City of Winnipeg, City Councillor (St. Norbert)
Mark Hofer, Avenue Building, Developer
Ross McGowan, CentreVenture, CEO
City of Winnipeg Housing Plan Presentation
Winston Yee, City of Winnipeg, Manager of Housing Development
3. Forum on Downtown Safety
Have an opinion on safety downtown? Here’s a forum that hopes to shed light on perceptions versus reality of downtown safety. What safety initiatives are taking place downtown? What’s missing? Hear from speakers engaged in the issue of downtown safety.
November 17th, 2011
The LoPub Bistro & Pub (330 Kennedy Street)
Forum: 5-7pm / Mixer: 7-8pm (Pub side) Free food!
            Moderator: TBA
Forum Panelists
Representative from the Winnipeg Police Service
Dave Stone, Portage Place, General Manager
Gabrielle Giroday, Winnipeg Free Press, Crime Reporter
Stefano Grande, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Executive Director
Downtown Safety Network (DSN) Demonstration
During the mixer from 7-8pm, BIZ staff will show guests an innovative safety initiative called the Downtown Security Network (dsnwinnipeg.com), a Downtown BIZ-led and Winnipeg Police Service endorsed safety initiative connecting downtown business owners and security teams with each other and with the police and the BIZ.
The Downtown BIZ Roundup: 3 Forums, 3 Days is endorsed by the following organizations and coalition partners: University of Winnipeg Institute of Urban Studies, University of Winnipeg Politics Students’ Society, Residents of the Exchange District, West End BIZ, Exchange District BIZ, Green Action Centre, UW Sustainability Office, University of Manitoba Transportation Institute (UMTI), Peg City Car Co-op, and the Manitoba Museum.
“Having all stakeholders at the table to discuss these important issues is of the utmost importance,” said Stefano Grande. “Students, downtown residents, property and business owners, BIZ members, public officials and corporate leaders all need to be engaged in these issues so we can actualize the vibrant downtown we so often talk about.”

 

MORE ON DOWNTOWN TRANSPORTATION

Join the Downtown BIZ and the downtown community at three engaging transportation-focused activities on November 2nd, 2011. There has never been a better time to discuss transportation. With so many activities planned, no matter what your schedules, you’re bound to have time for one or two of these events!
Students, downtown residents, property and business owners, BIZ members, public officials and corporate leaders all need to be engaged in the issue of transportation so we can actualize the vibrant downtown we so often talk about.
Events take place all day on November 2nd as follows:
Conference: Sustainable Public Transit
This conference offers an opportunity to hear the views of leading civic officials, visionaries, and practitioners concerning sustainable public transit. Presentations from guest speakers, include, but not limited to: Dr. Michael Roschlau (Canadian Urban Transit Association), Joe Cortright (CEOs for Cities), and Dr. Robert Cervero (University of California at Berkeley). For more information about the schedule of this conference’s event, please visit: www.umti.ca
             
November 2nd, 2011
Fort Garry Hotel
7:30 – 4:30pm
Forum: Downtown Transportation
This is a chance to learn from key experts about the successes and shortcomings experienced by comparable cities with respect to designing and implementing their rapid transit systems, including supporting active transportation initiatives to improve passenger mobility, system connectivity, and community accessibility. This event will engage stakeholders in dialogue with experienced urban planners to discuss the promotion of urban transit as key to the prosperity of our city.
                                                             
November 2nd, 2011
Manitoba Hydro Building (360 Portage Avenue)
Forum: 6:30 – 7:30pm (Room 305-306) Refreshments provided!
Special presentations by: Joe Cortright (CEOs for Cities) and Alan Hoffman (Mission Group)
Joe Cortright is President and principal economist for Impresa, a Portland consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, innovation and industry clusters. Joe is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and senior policy advisor for CEOs for Cities, a national organization of urban leaders. He has served as an advisor to state and local governments, private businesses, foundations and advocacy groups in more than a dozen states, Canada and Europe.
Alan Hoffman is the Founder of the Mission Group, a transportation and land use planning firm based in San Diego, California. He applies advanced market research techniques to help guide the development of public transportation, land use planning, urban development, and long-range planning strategies in cities across the United States and throughout the world.
Open House: Winnipeg’s Transportation Master Plan
The City of Winnipeg and consultant team invite you to attend the third and final open house for the Transportation Master Plan (TMP). This plan sets out a long-term strategy to guide the planning, development, renewal and maintenance of a multimodal transportation system in a manner that is consistent with projected needs, and aligned with the City’s growth and the overall vision for a sustainable Winnipeg and region. Drop by to see how the City plans to: improve multi-modal transportation choices; accommodate goods movement; integrate transportation and land use; support accessibility and universal design; manage transportation infrastructure assets
The Transportation Master Plan addresses all modes of transportation in an integrated sustainable manner. Highlights from the TMP will be on display and the final Plan will be available soon. For more information: http://transportation.speakupwinnipeg.com/
November 2, 2011
4 – 8:00 pm
Millennium Library (251 Donald Street)
Carol Shields Auditorium