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2011 Speaker Series - 10/26/11

October 26 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Live and Sustain: Regional Planning Initiatives in Metropolitan Washington CM|1.5

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Presentation Description:

This discussion will focus on regional planning activities, newly adopted regional vision and implementation efforts. It is an introduction to the region’s newly adopted vision for the National Capital Region. This topic will also focus on regional planning processes, regional trends, and coalition building. Participants will learn more about regional decision making and how local activities align with regional goals and objectives. Region Forward is a regional vision for a more accessible, sustainable, prosperous, and livable National Capital Region. It was developed by the Greater Washington 2050 Coalition-a group of public, private and civic leaders created by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) in 2008-to help the region meet future challenges like accommodating two million more people by 2050, maintaining aging infrastructure, growing more sustainably, and including all residents in future prosperity.

Growth in the suburbs is a necessity. As the suburbs age, governments are finding that low-density growth cannot pay for maintaining infrastructure, services, and quality of life. Strategic growth that generates greater utilization of what is built is needed to maximize the potential of a shrinking land resource.

Presenter's Biography:

John Mataya, AICP, LEED AP, has seven years of experience coordinating long-range planning projects related to regional growth and development. Such projects include coordinating public engagement and scenario workshops, managing the planning process for MWCOG’s Greater Washington 2050 initiative, and working with regional stakeholders to complete and adopt Region Forward.

Mr. Mataya’s previous experience includes working on neighborhood plans and planning studies for Prince George’s County at the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, and working with communities to develop comprehensive plans in accordance with Wisconsin’s Smart Growth Comprehensive Planning Law. John maintains professional accreditation with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Accredited Professional (LEED, AP). John received an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.