Mobile Workshops

All workshops are offered for an add-on fee (this is in addition to the conference registration rate). Tours include some form of physical activity, please dress accordingly.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

2:00 – 5:00 PM

Envision Ada – Transforming a Suburban Strip Commercial Center into an Integral Part of an Historic Village | 2.5 AICP CM | MCP | $25
Ada Township adopted Envision Ada, a business district revitalization plan, in 2013. Since plan completion, implementation has been rapid, with new street construction, demolition of a former commercial strip center, new commercial/residential/mixed use development and new civic amenities creating an attractive extension of the historic village core. A brief presentation at the Township Hall will be followed by a guided walk and Q&A session at a local brewpub.
Jim Ferro, AICP, Ada Township
Pete Lazdins, ASLA, Progressive AE
Steve Groenenboom, P.E., Moore and Bruggink, Inc.

2:00 – 5:00 PM

Viva la Avenida: Planning for a Cultural Corridor | 2.5 AICP CM | MCP | $25
Grand Rapids’ Roosevelt Park neighborhood is on the leading edge of downtown development pressure. It is also one of Grand Rapids’ most culturally diverse neighborhoods. Join us as we explore the unique character of the corridor, grab a bite to eat at one of the many locally-owned eateries, and learn what is being done to preserve the identity and quality of life of neighborhood residents. Plaza Roosevelt isa grand-scale community development project anchored by the Grand Rapids Public Schools’ newest Spanish-immersion high school, affordable rental and homeownership opportunities, commercial development, and a bilingual pharmacy.
Amy Brower, Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association
Lynee Wells, AICP, Williams & Works

Friday, September 21, 2018

9:00 AM – Noon

Vital Streets in Action Bike Tour | 2.5 AICP CM | MCP | Bring your own bike - $15 | Rent a bike - $25
Experience Grand Rapids Vital Streets Initiative on an interactive bicycle tour that highlights the work the City is doing to foster safety, healthy places, a vibrant economy, environmental sustainability, and diverse transportation options through implementing complete streets and green infrastructure. Explore the modal tensions that must be overcome to create a fully integrated multimodal network and learn about how you can apply a collaborative approach to bicycle safety in your communities. Bring your own bike and helmet, or rent equipment.
Landon Bartley, AICP, City of Grand Rapids
Laurel Joseph, Grand Valley Metro Council

9:00 AM – Noon

The Modern Orchard Bus and Walking Tour | 2.5 AICP CM | MCP | $25

What does it take for a family farm to survive in the new economy? Now in its fourth generation of family owners, Robinette Apple Haus and Winery has evolved from a produce-growing farm to an “agritourism farm,” complete with bakery, cider mill, winery, corn maze and mountain bike trails. Learn from the owner, an elected township official, about what drives the local economy and the challenges of preserving farming for the next generation. Cider and donuts provided!

2:00 – 5:00 PM

Under, Over, and All Around | 2.5 AICP CM | MCP | $25
Discover how bus, bike, and foot networks link with regional recreational amenities on this multimodal tour. You will ride through parks, on trails and across bridges that are not only used for recreation but for transportation. Experience how good planning and design allows trails to do double duty linking the bus system to neighborhoods, downtowns, and universities.
Travis Mabry, PE, City of Walker Assistant City Engineer
Conrad Venema, The Rapid
Curt TerHaar, Ottawa County Parks and Recreation

3:30 – 5:30 PM

Bridge Street Brews Mobile Tour | 1.5 AICP CM | MCP | $20
Enjoy tours and tastes of Grand Rapids newest brewery taprooms on the northwest side of downtown. Hear about the different types of breweries (onsite versus off-site brewing), how Grand Rapids’ regulates them, and how the regulations and processes differ from other communities throughout the state. Learn how breweries have become a catalyst for economic development in Grand Rapids. This tour includes a ride on the (free) Downtown Area Shuttle and approximately 1 mile of walking. Participants will have the option to sample 2-3 beers at each of the locations visited.
Landon Bartley, AICP, City of Grand Rapids


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