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Virtual Peer Exchange: Engaging Traditionally Underserved Communities Using Virtual Public Involvement (VPI) Tools & Strategies (8/17)

Virtual Public Involvement

Engaging Traditionally Underserved Communities
Using VPI Tools & Strategies

Virtual Peer Exchange

Please join the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty, for a virtual peer exchange on virtual public involvement (VPI) tools and strategies to engage traditionally underserved communities. Pre-registration is required.

Monday, August 17, 2020
1:30-3:00 pm Eastern Time

If you don’t have a user account with FHWA’s Collaboration Portal, you will need to create one before you can register. Participation will require a modest amount of reading and preparation prior to the event. Materials will be sent to participants approximately one week ahead of time.

VPI peer exchange for engaging underserved communities.

This virtual peer exchange is an online forum where transportation agency peers exchange knowledge about using VPI tools in consort with in-person strategies to engage traditionally underserved communities. These communities are comprised of individuals from minority and/or low-income groups who have historically experienced barriers to participation in the transportation decision-making process.

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Participants will:

  • Learn effective strategies and techniques to engage traditionally underserved communities;
  • Engage with VPI experts and each other in a live discussion; and
  • Work independently on an exercise to apply concepts to a real-world project.

The Speakers

The event will feature presentations from Jane Grover and Jamille Robbins.

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Jane Grover is a principal at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and will present on the strategies used in the development of CMAP’s ON TO 2050 plan.

Jamille Robbins is the Public Involvement, Community Studies & Visualization Group Leader at the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and will present on strategies used during the environmental review process of the U.S. 70 Improvement Project in James City, NC.

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For more information…

This virtual peer exchange is being offered as part of FHWA’s Every Day Counts 5 Initiative on virtual public involvement.

For questions about this event please contact: or

For questions about the overall VPI initiative, please contact: or

Photo captions: Top image; CMAP ON TO 2050 plan. Credit: CMAP, Bottom image; Visualization from NCDOT U.S. 70 Improvement Project in James City, NC. Credit: NCDOT.

About EDC

Every Day Counts, a state-based initiative of the Federal Highway Administration’s Center for Accelerating Innovation, works with state, local and private sector partners to encourage the adoption of proven technologies and innovations to shorten and enhance project delivery.