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Wicked Webinar series presents panel on community engagement in city planning

Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning Tisha Holmes will lead the community discussion.

The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy’s “Wicked Webinar” series presents an online panel discussion with leaders of Tallahassee’s Providence Neighborhood Association (PNA) to discuss the pathways communities can take to engage with the city planning process.

“Neighborhoods First: Community Action for Equitable City Planning” will be led by Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning Tisha Holmes and feature PNA leaders Walter McDonald III, Rahni Wright, Leslie Harris, Monet Moore and Dr. Vanessa Byrd. 

As communities of color in Tallahassee are mobilizing to envision new futures for their neighborhoods, the pathways that communities can take to engage with the city planning process vary. The panel will discuss the process of building community capacity for engagement, the possibilities and limitations of community partnerships, and the prospects for sustaining community engagement during and after a global pandemic. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place online:

5:30 p.m.
REGISTER AT https://fla.st/3o34Xaj
You will receive a Zoom link after registering to join the webinar

The PNA has more than 20 years of experience engaging in neighborhood planning processes with various governmental and nongovernmental partners. These collaborations produced the neighborhood’s Rennaissance Plan (2003) and the Sustainability Plan (2019), as well as recent updates to the Neighborhood First Planning Process that identify priority action areas and track the progress of short-term projects and long-term community development goals. 

This webinar will offer PNA’s insights into community mobilization strategies that can be transferable to other neighborhoods.

Tisha Holmes’s research interests include community engagement and socio-ecological resilience in marginalized communities. She is the co-author of a 2020 study, “Gown Goes to Town: Negotiating Mutually Beneficial Relationships between College Students, City Planners, and a Historically Marginalized African-American Neighborhood.” The paper examines how FSU Department of Urban and Regional Planning classes could be used to engage and empower the historic African American communities adjacent to campus.

Various courses taught by Holmes and other department faculty supported the City of Tallahassee’s Neighborhood First, a multi-step planning process designed to help neighborhoods develop action plans that address community priorities. The program aims to identify, assist and cultivate opportunities for regrowth in some of Tallahassee’s oldest and most cherished neighborhoods. 

Read more about the partnership study Holmes co-authored at the college’s Wicked Problems, Wicked Solutions blog at this link.

The college’s Wicked Webinars are panels bringing together social sciences faculty and other experts to address the most pressing problems and issues society faces. After presentations by the panel, attendees can ask questions and make comments through a real-time moderated forum. The series kicked off last fall with “The COVID-19 Effect: Tackling Racial, Economic, and Gender Inequities.” That panel can be viewed on the college YouTube channel at this link.