Missed it? Access the Webinar Recording: A Recipe for Award-Winning Online Community Engagement

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A Recipe for Award-Winning Online Community Engagement

Check out the webinar video here. It’s free. 

This highly visual 45-minute webinar presents research findings and proven best practices, practical tips and award-winning case studies to guide agencies or local governments towards the successful application of online community engagement for planning projects. Participants will walk away with an understanding about how to leverage digital engagement to achieve unprecedented results using cost-effective tools.

This session features special guests from the City of Abbotsford, BC talking about Abbotsforward, one of the most innovative and successful Official Community Planning projects we’ve ever seen. They are online to talk about the innovative ways they combined online and targeted face to face community engagement to involve over 8,000 community members in the creation of a plan for Abbotsford, BC. They also share advice for agencies seeking to improve the breadth and effectiveness of their community engagement efforts and talk about the positive difference that broad community support is making in their implementation process.

Learning Outcomes

  • What to look for when selecting online engagement tools for planning projects,
  • How to design a fast and effective online experience,
  • How to collect meaningful public feedback that is directly usable in planning documents,
  • How to promote online participation,
  • How to leverage mobile, touchscreen kiosks and other technologies effectively, and
  • How to leverage social networking tools strategically.

Who Should View This

  • Planning project leaders & staff,
  • Public Information Officers, and
  • Outreach and engagement personnel.

Webinar: A Recipe for Award-Winning Online Community Engagement

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Check out this upcoming webinar! This highly visual 45-minute webinar will present research findings and proven best practices, practical tips and award-winning case studies to guide agencies towards the successful application of online community engagement for planning projects. The webinar is free and will take place June 14 from 1:00 – 1:45 pm. Spots are limited so click here to register now!

Missed it? Get the Webinar Recording – Funding for Blight Removal Through the AHP

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In case you missed last Wednesday’s informative webinar on acquiring funding for blight removal through the Affordable Housing Program, you can find a recording of it and download slides at the Redevelopment Expert Exchange website (click here).

Learn How your Community Can Alleviate Blight while Creating Affordable Housing in Your Community. AHP Opens June 6 with Approximately $23 Million in Funding. The 2016 funding round of the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) will open on Monday, June 6, with approximately $23 million in available funding.

Laura Rye presented past successful projects and discussed key scoring and feasibility issues. 2016 AHP applications are due on Thursday, Aug. 11. The awarded projects will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 15. Early application planning will help your application be more competitive for funding.

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Webinar: Funding Blight Removal through Affordable Housing Program

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Join the WV Redevelopment Collaborative for the May Redevelopment Expert Exchange Webinar to learn how Affordable Housing funding can be used to fight blight in your community!

Click here to register.

Date: Wednesday, May 18
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Learn How your Community Can Alleviate Blight while Creating Affordable Housing in Your Community. AHP Opens June 6 with Approximately $23 Million in Funding. The 2016 funding round of the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) will open on Monday, June 6, with approximately $23 million in available funding.

Laura Rye will present past successful projects and discuss key scoring and feasibility issues. 2016 AHP applications are due on Thursday, Aug. 11. The awarded projects will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 15. Early application planning will help your application be more competitive for funding.

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How to Mothball Historic Properties: Video Available

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The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia (PAWV) released its newest technical how-to video which offers a step-by-step guide to mothball historic properties. Mothballing is the process of creating a ventilated envelope around a building to preserve the structure until it can be restored.

This technique is frequently used for historic properties for which rehabilitation funding is not immediately available. It’s a useful tool for dealing with vacant and dilapidated properties because it buys the owner time to protect the building from vandals and weather until funds can be raised to rehabilitate it. This video includes a materials list and step-by-step instructions on how to build window and door panels that when applied, result in minimal damage to wood frames.

Click here for the full story.

Webinar: Right on Track — Train Depot Redevelopment

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Join the WV Redevelopment Collaborative for the April Redevelopment Expert Exchange Webinar to hear from two communities working to redevelop train depots into community assets! Click here to register.

Date: Wednesday, April 27
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Learn how you can redevelop the old train depot in your town. Hear from community members from Webster Springs & Berkeley Springs about how their abandoned train depots are being transformed into active community assets. Learn about the full process from two community groups tackling historic depot redevelopment.

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Have You Explored Our Tools Section Lately?

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Need to contact a property owner about a problem property and not sure where to start? Looking to demolish or deconstruction a property? What about starting a beautification program? Browse the many tools on this website based on your project type, including:

  • Mobilize community and develop inventory
  • Reuse a property
  • Prevent blight
  • Develop a beautification program
  • Analyze maps and data
  • Build your partnership network

Or, click here to find a full list of the tools offered through wvbadbuildings.org.

Connect with Communities Facing Similar Challenges through the Redevelopment Expert Exchange

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Do you have a have a redevelopment success story to share with a fellow West Virginia community? Or, are you looking for a similar community to share lessons learned?

The Redevelopment Expert Exchange (RE2) facilitates redevelopment experience-sharing between West Virginia communities. The program matches redevelopment leaders from across the state with communities facing similar opportunities and challenges, allowing them to learn from the best practices and experiences of their peers across the state. RE2 is also offering a series of webinars throughout 2016 — we will keep you posted once they are announced.

Here are some example topics communities have exchanged:

  • Attracting developers
  • Engaging the media
  • Creating urban redevelopment authorities (URAs)
  • Establishing land reuse agencies
  • Structuring public-private partnerships

 

Read this success story about Wheeling’s successful Vacant Property Registration which they presented to Fairmont through an exchange facilitated by RE2.

re_2_logo_FINALTo learn more about how the WV Redevelopment Expert Exchange works or to request a match in your community, click here.

 

RE2 is a program of the Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center.