Advancing Places: Winter City Design
Overview: The winter of 2020 promises to be a long one, especially for the small businesses forced to operate with reduced customer capacity due to COVID-19. There are choices and recommendations we can make to help business and communities outlast the pandemic – by embracing the idea of the winter city.
The economic need is urgent and cannot be understated. We can make our streets, parks, and plazas great places to be for all four seasons and create space for our businesses and communities to thrive through the winter months. Learn winter city design best practices and ideas from around the globe that you can implement immediately in your city or town.
CM Credits: CM | 1
AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this webinar. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found here.
October 16, 2020 | 11:15am ET (8:15am PT)
Domain: Economic Development
- How winter city design translates into economic benefits all year long
- How to engage the local community to create sticky cultural activities
- How to leverage best practices from around the globe for inspiration
Pricing: IDA Members: Free | Nonmembers: $40
Advancing Places is an online series aimed at empowering IDA members with the solutions needed to address the most critical urban issues of the day. This session will include a moderated Q&A and will be recorded for member and nonmember use in the future.
- Sharon Alton, Vice President of Downtown Experience, Downtown Denver Partnership (Denver, CO)
- Andrew M. Manshel , Author of “Learning from Bryant Park” (New York, NY)
- Simon O’Byrne, Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Community Development, Stantec (Edmonton, AB)
- David Downey, President & CEO, International Downtown Association
Vice President of Downtown Experience, Downtown Denver Partnership (Denver, CO)
Sharon directs strategic development and implementation of the Partnership’s public events to ensure they contribute to the vitality and positive activation of Downtown Denver. She is responsible for creative program management and development, fundraising, sponsorship development, operations management, and the development of corporate and community relationships. Sharon oversees the production of A Taste of Colorado, Parade of Lights, Skyline Beer Garden, Downtown Skating Rink, Grand Illumination, the Alley Art Program and the New Year’s Eve Fireworks. Sharon’s vision for Downtown Denver is an inclusive city that is full of vibrant public spaces for families and children to enjoy. In July 2014, she was nominated for the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Award and in December 2014, she was nominated for the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award. She currently serves on the Board of the Metro Denver Sports Commission.
Andrew M. Manshel
Author of “Learning from Bryant Park” (New York, NY)
Andrew M. Manshel is the author of “Learning from Bryant Park,” published by Rutgers University Press in April. For almost 11 years Mr. Manshel served as Executive Vice President of Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and President of Jamaica Capital Corporation and Jamaica First Parking in Jamaica, Queens. Prior to that for 10 years, Andy was Associate Director and Counsel at the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation and General Counsel and Director of Public Amenities to the Grand Central and 34th Street Partnerships. He has also practiced real estate law in New York City. Now he works for the City of New York, managing its $200 million technology franchise business. He has M.B.A and law degrees from New York University and a BA in Government from Oberlin College. He blogs at theplacemaster.com
Senior Vice President, Business Leader, Community Development, Stantec (Edmonton, AB)
Simon O’Byrne is both an award-winning urban designer/planner and Senior Vice President of Stantec’s global Community Development business. As a city building expert, he has been frequently quoted in European and North America media and done many keynote talks on both continents. Simon has led multi-disciplinary design teams in the planning and successful delivery of large, complex, and politically charged projects in Canada, the US and the UK. Simon is very active in the community and has chaired many different initiatives and organizations, such as the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Vibrancy Task Force, Habitat for Humanity National Leadership Council, Winter Cities and the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation. MacEwan University recognized Simon, when they made him the 2015 Allard Chair in Business. He has also been named as one of Edmonton’s Power 30 by the Edmonton Journal, one of the fifty most influential Albertans by Alberta Venture and was in Avenue magazine’s first Top 40 Under 40 list.
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