Elevating Erie's "Spanning the Gap" kickoff event is coming up Wednesday, 2/15/17! Come to learn about the Erie Canalway Trail's infamous "gap" between Camillus and DeWitt New York, and share your stories about the present, past, or future of these 15 miles across Syracuse. This aspirational project is designed to synthesize the great stories of the Canalway's history into an engaging public art installation for local & visiting trail users.
...It’s a huge win for us and for many trail advocates to see top-level State officials recognize the multitude of benefits trail networks offer, and view them as a serious economic driver.
Elevating Erie was recently featured on a Webinar focused on recipes for award winning online community engagement. Thanks to our partners at Metroquest (www.metroquest.com) for the invitation!
From them: "This highly visual 45-minute webinar presents research findings, proven best practices, practical tips and award-winning case studies to guide agencies towards the successful application of online community engagement for planning projects. Participants walk away with an understanding about how to leverage digital engagement to achieve unprecedented results using cost-effective tools.
The webinar showcases a wide range of outstanding planning projects from the Northeastern US. Our special guests from the City of Syracuse and the Town of Dewitt join us to talk about the Elevating Erie project, one of the most innovative and successful outreach efforts we’ve ever seen. They discuss the innovative ways they combined online and targeted face to face community engagement to involve thousands of community members to help inform the process. They also share advice for agencies seeking to improve the diversity and effectiveness of their community engagement efforts and talk about the positive difference that broad community support is making as they move forward."
To view the webinar and supporting materials use this link.
Feedback from participants:
“Exemplary project presentation and “How-To” regarding the Public Participation/Open Process.”
“One of the better webinars I’ve heard. Graphics were great.”
“Interesting, upbeat, helpful as we will be writing a comp plan over the next two years.”
“Great webinar for public outreach. Very interesting. The tool looks very effective!”
“I really enjoyed this webinar and found it very useful and timely. It was a very visual presentation and I plan to look back at it again.”
“Public engagement has always been a tough job. This webinar was great – highlights quickly what is working”Average rating: 4.75/5 stars
We are excited to share that Sam Gordon, Director of Planning and Zoning for the Town of DeWitt and Owen Kerney, Assistant Director for City Planning for the Syracuse Onondaga County Planning Agency, will be featured on an upcoming webinar titled, "A Recipe for Award-Winning Online Community Engagement" on October 25th 2016.
Over 1,200 of you responded when we asked, “What’s Your Big Idea?”, and we owe each of you a giant THANKS! Thank you for your time, thank you for your thoughtful responses, and thank you most of all to those who helped spread the word about this project.