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Intermountain Chapter Conference builds on Salt Lake success

April 14, 2014 1 comment

Intermountain Chapter Conference builds on Salt Lake success

Following the success of the 2013 IAP2 North American Conference that was held last September in Salt Lake City, the Intermountain Chapter wanted to continue the momentum. On March 28, the Intermountain Chapter hosted a one day conference in St. George, Utah, for practitioners in the region to explore one fundamental technique of public participation: the public meeting.

The topic of the conference was “Re-Imagining the Public Meeting.” The Intermountain Chapter conference focused on discussing ways to get the public to engage and ways that practitioners can provide a more convenient and enriched open house experience for all stakeholders.

Three speakers were invited to present at the one day conference:

  • Jessica Pickul from JLA Public Involvement, based out of Portland, Oregon, presented information about online engagement and non-traditional participation approaches that can improve the quality of public meetings.
  • Timothy Tait from the Arizona Department of Transportation discussed leadership behaviors that improve public involvement programs.
  • Kristy Dalton shared insights on how to successfully use new technologies and social media to energize public participation.




The conference concluded with a discussion circle that allowed attendees to open up a dialogue about the difficulties, accomplishments and future of the public meeting.

The IAP2 Intermountain Chapter would like to thank the speakers and attendees for helping make the conference a success. The conference helped reiterate that the opportunity to come together and discuss public engagement continues to be a valuable experience for the practitioners in the Intermountain Chapter.