August 23-24, 2018

Announcing the Cultivate Collaborative Workshop

We are proud to announce that ReForm Shreveport will be hosting its next multi-day 2018 Keynote Event featuring Cultivate Collaborative of Dallas, TX.

The special guest speakers include professional engineer and sustainability guru Kevin Shepherd along with urban designer and expert city planner Matt Lewis. Together, Kevin and Matt will expand on our previous keynote speakers Chuck Marohn (Strong Towns in 2016) and Joe Minicozzi (Urban3 in 2017) by taking concepts discussed at ReForm's previous events and teaching us how to turn them into meaningful action.

What Will Be Discussed

The topics will include ways to improve our planning and zoning system using proven methods to reduce approval times and expand redevelopment, discussions on how to create socially-conscious brick and mortar development which increases value and fosters community buy-in on development projects, cultivate a self-sustaining, democratized economic development community that empowers local entrepreneurs, and help city officials and the public understand the true costs of infrastructure and public services to achieve a more balanced budget.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 23rd, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

At 6:30 p.m. we will host a reception for our guests. At 7:00 p.m., the keynote will recap the concepts discussed in Strong Towns and Urban3's research and then explore what it takes to turn ideas into action - to inspire deeper thinking about cultivating strong communities through deliberate choices we can make regarding development, planning and zoning, sandboxing, and tactical urbanism. Kevin and Matt will also participate in a Q&A.

Friday, August 24rd, 9Am to 5pm

This workshop (register here) will feature a total of four sessions at different times throughout the day. These workshops are designed to equip citizens, developers, and city officials with the tools to begin changing the way we build our economy and infrastructure. Citizens will get practical tips for how they can reform their neighborhoods. Developers will learn best practices for building equitable, accessible spaces that cater to the demands of a locally-grown economy. City officials will learn specific and systemic ways that cities are doing more with less and engaging their citizens in the city-building process. 

Each session will be led by Cultivate using their message and case studies to enlighten attendees on each subject (45 minutes). Following the message, a group activity takes place that puts those ideas into motion through teamwork (20 minutes). The ideas are then presented in the remaining time (25 minutes).

Continental Breakfast - 9:00a

Session 1 - 9:30a - Planning and Zoning (P&Z) - Modern, well functioning cities are learning to create a culture of P&Z that speeds up approvals and empowers P&Z staff to make decisions while being true to the goals of the code. Creating smart, temporary variances to enable businesses to grow can often be part of the solution. We’ll learn how to identify and correct pain points in the code - especially for redevelopment.

Session 2 - 11am - Infrastructure Funding - Communities across the country are learning the hard way how much infrastructure really costs and how to be smart about where investments are made. There is often a disconnect between what citizens/city officials want and what they are willing/able to pay for. We’ll learn how can we reconnect the dots to create more economic sustainability in our built environment.

Lunch - 12:30p - Live acoustic music and food.

Session 3 - 1:30p - Fair and Equitable Economic Development - There is a new, emerging democratized economy that is focusing more on workers and small business. It isn’t just kitchy, it’s necessary to build a lasting foundation on which a great city can be grown. We’ll learn how co-working, economic gardening, and culture can create a stronger economic landscape.

Session 4 - 3:00p - Incremental Neighborhood Changes and Developments - No matter the citizen, anyone is capable at creating change for a better neighborhood. Developers can also be a part of the process by creating developments that spur buy-in and investment from the community. We'll learn what how to implement these incremental changes and sustainable development.

Wrap Up and Closing Remarks 4:30p