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Making it Happen: Gaining Public Support to Turn Action Plans into Action

After laying the vision and groundwork for change, how are cities building the necessary support for change, internally and externally? This session will explore outreach and public engagement approaches to gaining support from communities and stakeholders who are directly affected by prospective changes to street design and operations, as well as strategies to build internal support within city agencies for progressive designs and efficient project delivery. Speakers and audience members will be invited to share the obstacles they face, from fear of change to skepticism about project benefits to the complexity of technical analyses and internal resistance. The discussion will focus on how to define the problem that needs to be solved and strategies that have proven successful in similar situations. This will be a problem-solving session designed to ensure that you walk out with effective ways to tackle confounding obstacles to gaining support for street design projects.