2023 Summit Agenda Details

Wednesday June 7 - The Prologue

6-7pm Meet other Summit attendees, sponsors and speakers at Many Moons Artistry 1220 Lindsay St, Newberry, SC 29108 for an informal gathering with cash bar and light menu.

Thursday June 8 

8:15-8:45am  Check-in is open at the Firehouse Conference Center 1227 McKibben St, Newberry, SC 29108

8:45am  Welcome

9:00 - 10am  Keynote:  Nedra Deadwyler:  Community is a Verb.

10:00 - 12:00am  Plenary Session:   Mark Fenton:  Engineering Active Transportation Back into American Communities: from Pilots-to-Policy, and a Walk Audit for All.

12:00 - 1:30pm  Lunch, on your own, & Networking

1:30-2:30pm  Breakout sessions A

Placemaking via Road Diets and Traffic Calming - room 207, main level
Presenters:  Rachael Bronson AICP, of Traffic, Planning, and Design (TPD), & Lori Campbell, SCDOT Traffic Engineer

  • There are many strategies to calm traffic, by reducing speeds, in order to make an area more pedestrian/bike friendly.  Hear about a variety of these techniques to reduce speeds (with specific examples from road diets to stop control measures) and then on to long term planning found within Safety Action Plans and Vision Zero Action Plans.

Notes from North of the Border: The Challenges and Successes of Implementing Active Transportation Projects in Charlotte - room 311, upper level
Presenters: Scott Correll, AICP, CNU-A, Senior Urban Designer & Planner, & Scott Curry, AICP, CNU-A, Associate Planner & Urban Designer, Kittelson & Associates

  • Charlotte is constantly under pressure to address an array of transportation challenges as it strives to make the city more pedestrian and bicycle friendly.  Scott & Scott will discuss developing a strong policy foundation, data-driven project narratives, and working through project development and funding solutions with city, regional, and state partners.  Also discussed will be working with City Council and the City’s approach to developing and implementing its award-winning Urban Street Design Guidelines.  Last, hear their toolkit for success that participants can take back to their South Carolina communities.

Trial and Error: Community Engagement - room 314/315, upper level
Presenters:  Nedra Deadwyler, Vice Chair Atlanta Urban Design Commission, & Ernie Boughman, AICP, Toole Design's Director Operations, Southeastern US

  • How do we make community engagement more than a check box?  Why do we need to include a broad range of community members?  And how do we do that?  Nedra will dig into the "Why", and then she will review a long list of community engagement methods that intentionally engage a broad range of community members.  Ernie will discuss two temporary infrastructure projects, facilitated by Toole Design in Athens, GA.  One of those became permanent and the other did not, based on feedback from people in the community, but the end result of both was positive and earned community trust and satisfaction.  

2:45-3:45pm  Breakout sessions B

"Community Engagement is the Worst!" & other planning myths - room 207, main level
Presenter:  Rachael Bronson AICP, Traffic Planning & Design (TPD) and Katherine Amidon AICP, Bolton & Menk

  • Sometimes, community engagement feels like a task to trudge through. Using examples from recent projects, this session will cover a variety of tips and tricks on how to incorporate meaningful, equitable engagement from the project scoping stage to project completion.

Micro-mobility Data Collection - room 311, upper level
Presenter:  Kyle James, Regional Planner, Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments 

  • Kyle explains how this data collection program is helping their region expand how they analyze safety needs, identify appropriate countermeasures, and document the effectiveness of those countermeasures.

Mobility & Thoroughfare Plan (MTP) - room 314/315, upper level
Presenter: Asangwua Ikein AICP, Greenville County, Transit Planner/Grants Manager

  • Transportation planning in Greenville County has traditionally been concerned with the movement of vehicles. The new Mobility & Thoroughfare Plan summarizes existing options and conditions and then creates a plan to improve safe and timely transportation options for Greenville County residents, including bike, walk and transit combinations.  This presentation will also cover Implementation and Funding opportunities.

4:00-5:00pm Afternoon Plenary

Funding Trails & Connecting Communities.
Presenters: Ty Houck, Director of Greenways, Natural and Historic Resources for Greenville County PRT, & Ned Barrett, Trail Development Manager at PAL: Play. Advocate. Live Well, Brent Buice, SC/GA Coordinator East Coast Greenway Alliance, & Kyle Kelly AICP, Senior Planner of Sumter City & County & SUATS MPO

  • This moderated panel will dive deep into trail funding.  Hear from 4 presenters with many decades of collective experience discuss how they achieved their funding successes.  Each has a unique story and circumstances.  Ty Houck worked through urban and rural contexts, including public and private partnerships, to achieve funding to ultimately build SC's highly popular and still growing Swamp Rabbit Trail.  Ned worked with Spartanburg to apply and eventually get awarded a RAISE grant of $23 Million to build 15 miles of the Daniel Morgan Trail System throughout Spartanburg's socioeconomically diverse communities.  Brent has successfully worked with dozens of local and regional governments throughout South Carolina's coastal area to build various sections of the East Coast Greenway.  And finally, Kyle recently cut the ribbon in Sumter on the Shot Pouch Greenway (and the Bartlett St road diet).

5pm-until - Meet other Summit attendees, sponsors and speakers at Many Moons Artistry 1220 Lindsay St, Newberry, SC 29108 for an informal gathering with cash bar and light menu.


Friday June 9 

8:45am  Plenary SessionBlue Ridge Parkway Foundation staff:  Building a Statewide Trail Network that Gets Kids in Parks 

9:15am  Morning Keynote:  Chuck Flink FASLA, PLA, Greenways, Inc.:  Connecting Communities for a Sustainable Future

10:30am  Breakout sessions C

Lessons Learned: Engaging the Community in Trail Planning - room 207, main level
Presenters:  Upstate Greenways And Trails Alliance (UGATA) project manager Sam Davis, MPA & consultant Asangwua Ikein AICP, with Chuck Flink AICP

  • Sam and Asangwua introduce a new Interactive Map of Upstate Greenways & Trails, to help people better understand all the efforts taking place throughout the Upstate, by aggregating the greenways and trails into a single online resource, which will also enable users to contribute to the map in the future.  Chuck will discuss examples of community engagement in his work.  

Data and Getting Things Done - room 311, upper level
Presenters:  Ernie Boughman AICP, Toole Design's Director Operations, Southeastern US, & Nathan Shay AICP, Solutions Engineer, Streetlight Data

  • This collaborative discussion gives a brief overview of how StreetLight takes in "big data" from various sources and turns it into actionable transportation metrics that can support better active transportation planning. The discussion will also include case study examples highlighting how transportation professionals within MPO's have used StreetLight to make data-driven active transportation planning decisions on a regional level. 

Start to Finish - room 314/315, upper level
Presenters:  Kristy Bradley, Capitol Projects Manager, City of Greenville, & Calin Owens, Mobility Coordinator, City of Greenville 

  • Kristy & Calin walk through repaving/restriping projects in Greenville from planning through engineering to construction, including how the community was engaged for project success.   

11:45am-12:45pm  Plenary Panel on Funding 

  • Speaker:  Roxanne Ancheta, Director of SCDOT's Office of Local Government ServicesTopic:  Funding Options from the City, County, Region, State, for Trails and On Road Bike and Pedestrian Facilities.    
  • Speaker:  Jamie Kendrick AICP, Project Manager at Mead & Hunt, Baltimore office.  Topic:  Demystifying Safe Streets for All and Other Federal Grants.  
  • Speaker:  Chuck Flink FASLA, PLA, Greenways, Inc.  Topic:  Funding for hard and soft surface trails throughout the Southeast.
  • Speaker:  Neal Hamilton, Trails Coordinator, SC Parks, Recreation and TourismTopic:  Funding Options from the SCPRT. 

12:45pm - 1:30pm The SC Trails Coalition:  Shaping a comprehensive trail network for South Carolina, while being a source of information, education, and advocacy for the state’s trail providers. 

  • Speaker:  Mary Roe, Executive Director, Palmetto Conservation Foundation
  • Speaker:  Jim Headley CPRP, Executive Director, SC Recreation and Parks Association
  • Speaker:  Neal Hamilton, State Trails Coordinator, SC Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
  • Speaker:  Jason Urroz and Teddi Garrick, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Track Trails program
  • Speaker:  Amy Johnson Ely, Executive Director, Palmetto Cycling Coalition
  • Speaker:  Brent Buice, South Carolina & Georgia Manager, East Coast Greenway Alliance