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Education and Outreach

TGM Education and Outreach services usually consist of workshops, lecture series, conferences and other public forums. These services are provided at no cost to local governments. The program also produces publications, such as the Parking Management Guide (PDF) and the Cool Planning Handbook (PDF).


Workshops are tailored to individual communities and address a variety of transportation and land-use issues. Workshop topics include:

  • Active Transportation (health impacts of urban design and transportation networks)
  • Community design concepts to support economically vibrant, walkable, and livable neighborhoods and downtowns
  • Complete Street options for making communities more pedestrian-, bicycle-, and transit-friendly
  • Land use and transportation planning strategies to expand and improve local travel options
  • Main Street and downtown revitalization
  • Mixed land use and Transit Oriented Development
  • Parking management
  • School siting and safe routes to school
  • Smart growth strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Workshops are targeted to local public officials, civic and business leaders, developers, planning commissioners, and the public. The goal is to explore local solutions to transportation and growth management issues through creative and proven strategies. The workshops are generally provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lecture Series and Conferences

We also sponsor lecture series and conferences to educate the public and specialized audiences about ways to improve transportation options and community livability. Links to recordings of past events are on our Key Topics page.

To Arrange for a Workshop or Public Lecture

If your community would like to arrange for a TGM workshop or other event, please send TGM a short letter (1-2 pages) covering the following points:

  • Describe the specific issue or problem that you want the workshop/lecture to address
  • Provide a brief background statement explaining the context for the proposed workshop/lecture  (The statement might identify recent or imminent planning initiatives, recent problems or new challenges, and geographical areas within the community to receive focus.)
  • Explain what you want the event to accomplish
  • Explain how you plan to promote attendance at the workshop, lecture, or other event
  • Include a letter or resolution from local decision makers -- e.g., planning commission chair, city council, mayor -- showing support for the proposed event

Send your request to Evan Manvel. While there are no matching funds required for communities wishing to host an event, communities are asked to do the following:

  • Provide a location and food/refreshments for the workshop, lecture series, or conference – preferably in or close to downtown – that can accommodate desired audiences and handle PowerPoint or similar presentations
  • Provide relevant background materials – e.g., local maps, planning documents, etc. – to the TGM consultants.
  • Promote the event by putting notices in local newspapers, distributing flyers and through other means.



Evan Manvel
(503) 934-0059