1-day WOrkshop

League City, Texas

May 24, 2019

 
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Location:

Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center (400 W. Walker Street, League City, TX)

Time:

8:30am – 4:30pm (registration & networking starting at 7:45am)

What will we cover?:

This one-day workshop helps city leaders diagnose, understand, and explain their city’s financial situation—and get a clear idea of how to close their resource gap.

  • Learn why so many cities end up with more infrastructure and service needs than they can pay for, why prosperity doesn’t seem to last, and the ways your role specifically forms part of the solution.

  • Understand how to use the common language of fiscal resilience to frame development discussions—and how the tools of fiscal analysis can help inform decisions around land use, zoning, growth management, infrastructure, and economic development.

  • Learn how other cities have incentivized citizens to contribute their own time, talent, and treasure to making their neighborhoods more resilient and people-friendly.

Facilitators will discuss principles of Strong Towns and Outcome-Based Budgeting, and use case studies from their work with communities across the state to explain and illustrate how to apply these concepts.

Who is this for?

If you work for a city, this workshop is for you! We designed this workshop with city managers, finance directors, elected officials, and city staff in mind.

Cost to attend:

  • Early (thru April 19) - $100

  • Normal (thru May 3) - $140

  • Last-minute (thru May 10) - $180

(Registration includes light breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks.)

Special thanks …

… to our community sponsor for hosting this event, City of League City!

 

This workshop helps city leaders in attendance understand how the true costs associated with growth are comprehensive, and go much further than the up-front costs which occur at the time of construction. 

By not only explaining the issues with current trends of city development and why they make fiscal solvency so unreachable – but also providing actions for cities to take on their own – Kevin and his team make this change to the status quo attainable. The way they frame the issues is accessible, jargon-free, and straightforward.

AJ Fawver, Planning Director, City of Lubbock

 

Meet your workshop facilitators

 
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Kevin Shepherd, P.E.

CEO of Verdunity

Kevin has over 24 years of experience in civil engineering, planning, municipal finance, entrepreneurship, and community engagement. Kevin leverages his unique background and communication talents to educate, challenge traditional silos, and bring perspectives together to encourage communities to build in a manner that is more fiscally responsible, healthy and sustainable.

Kevin spent the first 17 years of his career working for large engineering firms in various roles related to the planning, design, and construction of infrastructure and site development projects. Toward the end of this period, Kevin realized that many communities across the country were headed down a path that was depleting our natural resources and that would lead many cities to fiscal insolvency. He left his previous firm in 2011 to start Verdunity and focus on helping Texas communities address these challenges. Most recently, he created the Go Cultivate! initiative to expand educational efforts and implementation of Strong Towns principles in cities across the country.

The fiscally-based planning approach Kevin has advocated for and implemented on recent projects is receiving attention from city managers, planners and finance directors across the country, including large cities in Texas like Fort Worth and San Antonio and small local communities like Royse City and Fate. Kevin is a vocal advocate for Strong Towns and Congress for the New Urbanism, and speaks and writes regularly on the concepts of fiscally-based planning, place-based design and economic gardening.

 
 
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Felix Landry, AICP

Fiscal Analyst + Urban planner at Verdunity

Felix found Verdunity by looking for someone in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex who could critique the return on investment model he had created while working for the City of Fort Worth. After completing a few small contracts on his own he left public sector planning and joined Verdunity full time in July, 2018. He began studying methods to fiscally model a city’s development patterns while updating the City of Waco, Texas’s comprehensive plan in 2014-2015. Ever since he’s been creating new ways to model the fiscal impacts of land use plans, zoning districts, and development regulations. Also, he enjoys drafting ordinances which implement development patterns designed to create a more financially equitable city.

“People make cities, and I want to help people make cities with goodness, truth, and beauty. As a company we use fiscal sustainability as a tool to help people pursue that ideal city. Progress toward a fiscally sustainable city typically means progress toward an equitable city, which should leave us with more goodness, truth, and beauty than we started with.”