Place Leadership Project to be featured at World Urban Forum 10

Georgetown’s Place Leadership Project will be featured alongside dozens of other projects from around the world as part of Columbia University’s Local Project Challenge. The Local Project Challenge will recognize community-based efforts seeking to accomplishing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals at the World Urban Forum 10 in Dubai. The program is honored to stand alongside so many other amazing efforts to help create a better world. We believe place is a powerful lens through which to address complex challenges and think the Washington region, with its vast network of place managers, is uniquely situated to be a global model for cities around the world. The PLP team is excited for the exciting opportunities ahead at WUF10 in 2020!

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Making Inclusive Urban Places

On Friday Nov. 1, 2019, at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, the Place Leadership Project convened a research workshop entitled Making Inclusive Urban Spaces to join the rapidly evolving conversation around designing, programming and managing spaces that are inclusive for all. Anita Cozart, Deputy Director at the DC Office of Planning and former Managing Director at Policy Link, set the initial framing for the event, discussing how we are now charged with righting past injustices while intentionally creating places for all.
A diverse set of stakeholders and experts representing multiple sectors and jurisdictions from across the Washington region discussed how they were grappling with some of the most challenging issues facing management in the public realm and how our urban spaces can be more equitable.
Following these rapid-fire presentations, Gabriella Gomez Mont, Former Director of Innovation for Mexico City & Visiting Fellow of the Georgetown Global Cities Initiative, discussed her experience of radically transforming the processes by which the Mexico City Government engaged its citizens and reshaping the public realm in some of the city’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. 
Finally, the event concluded with an expert panel focused on the challenges of truly making place inclusive. Some strategies covered included how to improve stakeholder engagement, build trust, ingrain equity, develop partnerships and get creative.
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Innovations in Mobility for Southwest DC

A Keynote Address Delivered by Steve Moore at the Georgetown University “Mobility Making the Place” Research Forum which convened over 50 local non-profit organizations from across the Washington Metropolitan Region to discuss emerging practices in place-based community development. The forum was organized by the Georgetown Urban & Regional Planning program as part of its Place Leadership Project. Continue reading “Innovations in Mobility for Southwest DC”

Mobility Making the Place

On Friday May 3, 2019, at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, the Place Leadership Project convened a research workshop entitled Mobility Making the Place to discuss the rapidly evolving field of transportation and mobility. A diverse set of stakeholders from across the Washington region shared how their districts were grappling with the challenging issues of transportation and how these issues intersect with the transformation of their urban places.
Following these important “on the ground” perspectives, Tom Madrecki, Director of Urban Innovation and Mobility at UPS and Steve Moore, Executive Director at the Southwest Business Improvement District, gave some higher-level insights into the changing face of mobility. Whether delivering thousands of packages to thousands of locations across a city or delivering thousands of visitors to some of the region’s most incredible events, these leaders found the cross-section of place and mobility inextricably linked.
Finally, our event wrap-up included two heavy hitting panels with experts discussing the difficulties of long-range planning, funding, implementation and winning public support for some of the transportation innovations we know will be necessary to address some of our most daunting urban challenges. 
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Why Place Matters

A Keynote Address Delivered by Philip Sheldrake at the Georgetown University “New Faces of Place Management” Research Forum which convened over 50 local non-profit organizations from across the Washington Metropolitan Region to discuss emerging practices in place-based community development. The forum was organized by the Georgetown Urban & Regional Planning program as part of its Place Management Project. Continue reading “Why Place Matters”

Inaugural Research Workshop: New Directions in Place Management

On Nov. 2, 2018, the opening session of the first research workshop hosted by Georgetown University celebrated the diversity and vitality present in different kinds of place management organizations across the region. Whether described by size, stakeholders, governance, metro location, urban context, responsibilities or activities…each organization was different, but united in sustaining their community and place in their own way.
After the first session, Philip Sheldrake, Visiting Fellow of the Georgetown Global Cities Initiative and Fred Kent, founder of the Project for Public Spaces, delivered inspiring keynote addresses meant to reinforce attendee’s commitments to making great places centered around and built for people.
Following these inspiring talks, attendees broke into various working groups focused on topic areas including: Research and Reporting Practices, Public Realm and Parks, Investment Management, Social Inclusion and Health & Well-being. Continue reading “Inaugural Research Workshop: New Directions in Place Management”