Upcoming Events | 2022
June 23

Learning Lunch: Coming Back Together - Challenges of In-Person Facilitation after Two Years on Zoom

Online | 12-1 p.m. | Register Here

Have you facilitated in person after a long break recently? If so, have you noticed that people are behaving differently than you remember? If not, are you worried you’ll be thrown into a real-life Reddit thread?

Have no fear, IAP2 Intermountain is here for you. This month’s Learning Lunch is a facilitated discussion about the state of social discourse coming out of the pandemic and what that means for the work that we do as public participation professionals.

Join us Thursday, June 23rd at 12 p.m. for a bit of story telling, a bit of therapy, a bit of lessons learned, and a bit of pep talking as we navigate this new dynamic.

Past Events
Oct. 6

Career Fair (Session 1) 

Zoom | 4-6 p.m. | Session Recordings

Oct. 7

Learning Lunch: Quality vs Quantity

Online

The pandemic has pushed agencies, organizations and public involvement professionals everywhere to find new and creative ways to engage the public using online tools and other technologies.

 

This exercise has garnered amazing results in many instances where the number of participants has increased dramatically. While the number of people engaging may be up, is the quality of engagement as good as it was when we were doing more of it in person?

 

Join us to learn what the Utah Department of Transportation, Salt Lake City and the Idaho Transportation Department are doing to ensure that the quality of engagement is up, just like the numbers. Please come prepared to interact, ask questions and share your perspective on this important topic.

Oct. 21

Career Fair (Session 2)

Zoom | 4-6 p.m. | Session Recordings

Nov. 18

Learning Lunch: Engagement for The Point

Online | 12-1 p.m. 

Learn about the engagement for the 600 acres of state-owned property at the current site of the Utah State Prison known as “The Point.”

 

Widely recognized as one of the most important economic opportunities in state history, The Point consists of 600 acres of state-owned land that will foster innovation and technological advancement, provide parks and open space, support economic growth and ultimately enhance Utahns’ quality of life. 

 

X-Factor Strategic Communications and David Evans and Associates engaged over 10,000 Utahns statewide through a series of virtual and in-person engagement options, assembled five working groups composed of subject-matter experts, and an advocate stakeholder advisory committee. They took advantage of virtual meetings to quantify their efforts and show how public engagement meaningfully informed the decision-making process for the recently released plan.

Dec. 9

Learning Lunch: Westside Matrix

Online | 12-1 p.m.

Join Joe Taylor of Salt Lake City Corporation’s Transportation Division and Angelo Papastamos of the Utah Department of Transportation as they present their study and findings of the Westside Transportation Equity Study. The study is intended to address a lack of transportation equity in Salt Lake City’s Westside neighborhoods. It explores how well transportation agencies are delivering quality transportation infrastructure and solutions to historically marginalized people, in a set of neighborhoods with high concentrations of minoritized populations.

 

The study seeks to address how the agencies can improve the transportation network to those with key equity needs; how can the community leverage the strengths of this diversity to create a quality transportation network for all. The Study utilized the Equity Index as a screening tool to identify areas where higher concentrations of people with historically marginalized characteristics reside and to provide insight on where transportation equity needs are most significant.

Jan. 13
Jan. 13

Learning Lunch: Engage Bozeman, Building From the Ground Up

Online | 12-1 p.m. 

With no dedicated engagement staff positions, a small core team of two, and limited budget, the City of Bozeman built an engagement framework and began implementation in less than a year. Learn how this small sized city leveraged the IAP2 principles, connections with peer communities, and unbridled enthusiasm to create an engagement strategy that is now being used by project teams across the organization.

This Learning Lunch will be an interactive opportunity to tap in to the hive of minds and energize your engagement efforts in your own organizations and communities!

 

Will you be there?

  • Come prepared to be on camera (if possible!)

  • Be ready to share out your successes and challenges in implementing engagement at your organization.

  • Sharpen your strategies through dialogue about emerging topics like relational engagement and equitable processes.

Jan. 13
Feb. 10

Learning Lunch: 300 West Reconstruction

Online | 12-1 p.m.

Join staff from Salt Lake City government and Avenue Consultants to learn more about SLC's 300 West street reconstruction project and how it's helped set a "gold standard" for public engagement in Salt Lake City.

 

Public engagement was key to this reconstruction project because it was much more than just replacing aging pavement. Salt Lake City is taking this opportunity to improve mobility of all users while supporting economic development and future growth. Christianna Johnson and Stacee Adams will discuss the outreach done and lessons learned for this IAP2 USA Core Value award-winning project.

 

Engagement project activities included an ADA Accessibility Tour, 3D modeling exercise with Legos, business workshops, pedestrian intercept surveys and more.

Mar. 10

Learning Lunch: Hybrid Engagement Discussion

Online | 12-1 p.m.

Join the  IAP2 Intermountain Chapter on Thursday, March 10 at noon for a lunchtime discussion on hybrid meetings, the good, the bad and the ugly.

 

We had a great discussion in Summer 2021 as more organizations moved to hybrid, mixing in-person and online engagement. This discussion will serve as a  follow up to share our highs and lows from the past 8 months and to learn from each other.

For the full list of IAP2 USA events, click here