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Global City Network - Chuck Marohn Presentation

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Global City Network, October 2nd, 2015 The Global City Network is a gathering of experts, City staff, policymakers, stakeholders and members of the public who are interested in exploring the community-wide opportunities that can exist in conjunction with green infrastructure. Resilient communities turn challenges into opportunities, which will be the focus of this event. The City is required to solve the combined sewer overflow, so let’s get as much out of the solution as possible! Some benefits of green infrastructure such as beautification are quite obvious, but others including food production or neighborhood stabilization are not. The day’s events will help City staff, policymakers and the public explore both the conventional and unconventional benefits that can happen alongside the combined sewer overflow solution. Experts will touch on the benefits of master planning and urban design best practices, economic development opportunities, workforce development opportunities and much more. Keynote Speaker: Charles Marohn, Strong Towns Known as “Chuck” to friends and colleagues – he a Professional Engineer (PE) licenses in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute. He is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Volume 1), the primary author of the Strong Towns Blog and the host of the Strong Towns Podcast and See it Differently TV. Chuck grew up on a small farm in Central Minnesota. The oldest of three sons of two elementary school teachers, he graduated from Brainerd High School in 1991. Chuck joined the Minnesota National Guard on his 17th birthday during his junior year of high school and served for nine years. Besides being passionate about planning and small towns, he loves playing music, is an obsessive reader and is a season ticket holder of the Minnesota Twins. Peoria Innovation Team Peoria was one of 12 U.S. cities selected in December 2014 to participate in the $45 million expansion of the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams program. Innovation teams (i-teams) function as in-house innovation consultants, moving from one community priority to the next. Using Bloomberg Philanthropies’ tested Innovation Delivery approach, i-teams help City leaders and staff through a data-driven process to assess problems, generate responsive new interventions, develop partnerships, and deliver measurable results. Click here to learn more about Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Innovation Delivery model. What is the Innovation Team focused on now? In Peoria, the i-team is initially focusing on the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) issue. Combined sewers carry both sanitary wastewater and stormwater. When rain or snowmelt overwhelm the system, around 20 to 30 times a year, the combined sewers overflow into the Illinois River. The Environmental Protection Agency has mandated that the City remedy this issue. The i-team is identifying ways for Peoria to leverage the tremendous expense of solving the CSO problem while simultaneously improving the lives of residents in these areas through such means as job creation, sustainability and reinvestment. To find out more about the CSO problem and the work that is currently underway, please visit www.peoriagov.org/wetweather. Event recorded and edited by Videogenique Productions in Peoria, IL. Videogenique has been serving the greater peoria area since 2008. High Definition equipment, affordable rates and a true passion for high quality work. That's Videogenique!